Police Search For Killer of Ethiopian Restaurant Owner in Targeted Murder

Tennessee Star


Police continue to search for the masked gunman responsible for the targeted murder of an Ethiopian restaurant owner in Nashville.

Gitem Demissie, 41, was preparing to close his Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike when he was killed around midnight Saturday, according to a Metro Nashville Police Department news release. A witness said a masked gunman wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black jeans walked in, approached Demissie and shot him multiple times. He then fled the building.

Demissie was pronounced dead upon arrival at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The witness said the murderer had light skin, a thin build and is about 5’7″ tall. The person’s race is not yet known.

Police do not know why Demissie was targeted and are investigating his background to see if he had been involved in any recent conflicts.

Anyone with relevant information about Demissie 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. People can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.


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