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Posted on: May 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Man arrested, charged with attempted murder in overnight shooting

Keonza Scales

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (May 31, 2023) Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) officers arrest a man after a shooting and brief foot pursuit on Tuesday, May 31.

Keonza Scales, 19, ran from police but was quickly taken into custody after the shooting.  Scales is charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

MPD officers responded to the parking lot of the old Mid-TN Expo Center, 1664 Middle Tennessee Blvd. after an officer heard gunshots.  A 22-year-old man was located at a nearby gas station suffering from a gunshot wound.   The shooting victim was flown to the hospital by helicopter.  His condition is not known. 

The preliminary investigation shows Scales, another man, and a 17-year-old, were driving through the parking lot of the old expo center around 12:15 a.m. Scales asked the driver to stop after seeing someone, he thought he recognized.  Scales approached the 22-year-old man and started shooting at him.  

Officers saw a red Dodge pickup leaving the parking lot where the shooting occurred with no headlights on.   Officers conducted a traffic stop, and that’s when Scales got out of the truck and took off running.  He was taken into custody behind the old Kroger grocery store.  

An AR-15 and several handguns were found inside the pickup.  

Investigators are still interviewing others involved.  The investigation is on-going.  

Scales is currently being held in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $113,000 bond.  A hearing is set June 29 in General Sessions Court.

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