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Man, woman murdered during robbery outside East Nashville bar

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Metro Police have identified two people killed outside an East Nashville bar on Friday.

Bartley Teal, who turned 33 Friday, and Jaime Sarrantonio, 30, were shot during a robbery attempt outside The Cobra along Gallatin Avenue at about 3:30 a.m.

Teal died during surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Sarrantonio died shortly after arriving at Skyline Medical Center. Two other robbery victims with Teal and Sarrantonio, a 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, were not shot.

Police say the four victims left The Cobra on foot and walked to a nearby convenience store to buy snacks.

Police believe the murderers were looking for random robbery victims and targeted the four innocent victims when they got back to the bar's parking lot. Witnesses said the murderers demanded Teal’s belongings and shot him when he replied that he didn’t have anything. It is unclear why they killed Sarrantonio.

The suspects are described as two black men, at least one with dreadlocks, who fled in a later model small Chevy car.

Police say after the shooting, the murderers fled to North Nashville and dumped the victims' belongings in this obscure alley off 23rd Avenue North and Heiman Street.


The belongings have been recovered and are being processed at MNPD Crime Laboratory. Police say it appeared the suspects were familiar with this area.

Police are investigating if this murder is connected to the Tuesday murder of Kendall Rice, 31, who was shot to death while walking to catch a bus in Madison. More on that investigation can be found here.

A news conference is slated for 1 p.m. Stick with FOX 17 News for developments on this story.

Anyone with information should call 615-742-7463.

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