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Manager in critical condition after deadly shooting in Madison area Burger King

(MNPD/Fox 17 News)

Metro Nashville Police said a Burger King manager was critically injured trying to wrestle a gun away from a masked suspect on Monday night.

Police said it began as a robbery attempt. Three masked suspects walked into the back door of a Burger King on Gallatin Pike North just after 11:30 p.m.

Two of the suspects, one identified as 18-year-old Kenneth Jernigan, had weapons. Jernigan was shot and killed in the incident.

Police said Manager Maurice Farris, 34, saw the suspects approach the kitchen and wrestled the lead suspect to the ground.

The suspect's gun fired. Farris was shot in the torso and Jernigan was also shot. The MNPD is currently investigating whether or not the shots that injured both men came from Jernigan's gun.

Officers said Farris did not have a gun. He is in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Farris’ actions, which put him in significant peril, prevented direct confrontations between the masked robbers and his employees," MNPD wrote in a news release.

The remaining masked suspects fled the scene in a white SUV.

Police identified Jernigan and his family has been notified. Police said Jernigan was arrested for auto theft on April 23 and free on a $3,500 bond at the time of this deadly incident.

The restaurant was closed on Tuesday.

Burger King released the following statement to Fox 17 News after the shooting:

"While we’re still looking into the specifics of this matter, we’re saddened to hear about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the individuals affected by this incident. The safety of our Guests and Team Members is of the utmost importance to us and the Franchisee, who independently owns and operates this Restaurant. The Franchisee is fully cooperating with local authorities as they conduct their investigation."

Anyone knowing the identities of the masked persons who accompanied Jernigan into the Burger King Monday night should call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

Crimes like this are why the Metro Police Department started the juvenile crime task force. In just four months, the task force has charged 102 juveniles and 145 young adults as well as recovered 77 guns.

Now that summer is here, things don’t seem to be slowing down.

“A whole lot of robberies, a lot of theft, a lot of burglaries," Bishop Marcus Campbell said. "They’ve got a whole lot of free time on their hands,” said Bishop Marcus Campbell.

Campbell is pastor of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville. He runs a summer camp for kids.

“We need to have programs that will be able to go into the places, get those kids and make sure they have something to do, whether it’s jobs or a summer program like this,” said Campbell.

Campbell also has a program that reforms young gang members. Yanathan Furline is one of them. The 15-year-old boy who once committed crimes is now a counselor at Campbell’s summer camp.

“I know a lot of people that have die," Furline said. "I’ve got a lot of friends that have died, and I’m just not trying to be like them."

“It’s hard to see them at the funeral, funeralizing their child," Campbell said. "I’ve had a mother screaming and begging the mortician not to close the casket saying he can’t breathe. But that child is dead. He’s just a shell."

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