Nashville police: Restaurant owner killed in targeted shooting
By Holy Fletcher, USA Today
March 20, 2017

Gitem Demissie

Police are investigating what they described as the targeted killing of the owner of an Ethiopian restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in south Nashville.

Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. A witness said the gunman, clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, approached Demissie and shot him multiple times. The shooter then fled.

Upon arrival at Vanderbilt University Medial Center, Demissie was pronounced dead.

Investigators are looking into whether Demissie had been in recent disputes. The witness described the shooter as man standing about 5-foot-7 inches with light skin and a thin build.

Detectives are investigating Demissie’s background to see if he had been involved in any recent disputes. Anyone with relevant information about him or who may be responsible for his murder is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.


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