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Nashville police identify man gunned down outside gas station; two men sought

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UPDATE: (3:20 p.m.)

Metro Police have released several more photos of two men wanted for an early Friday morning murder at Marathon Gas Station.

Quinton Thronton, 35, of Nashville was gunned down outside the gas station along John A. Merritt Boulevard at about 1:45 a.m.

Police said Thornton was pumping gas when he appeared to "have words" with two men outside an older model grey Lincoln Continental.

Thornton was shot in the back and both suspects fled in the Lincoln. Thornton was transported to the hospital where he died.

Metro Police said the getaway driver didn't fire any shts and detectves are encouraging him to come forward.

The shooter is described as an older black man who wore a burgundy T-shirt, black pants and a blue cap. The getaway driver is described as a younger black man who wore a blue Under Armour sweatshirt and black pants.

Anyone recognizing them or the car from the attached surveillance photos is asked to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Persons can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637(CRIMES), or online at

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Metro Nashville Police are searching for two men connected to the murder of a man pumping gas this morning.


Police released photos of the shooter and the getaway driver on Friday, calling for help identifying the men.

Just before 2 a.m., police say a 35-year-old was pumping gas at the Marathon gas station on John A. Merritt Boulevard when he was shot in the back. He was transported to the hospital but died from his injuries.

Before he died, the man told police the suspect fled in a gray vehicle. Possible a Lincoln.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes the men to call 615-742-7463.

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