Two Vanderbilt football players left a Target parking lot with gunshot wounds in an “ill-conceived plan to recover a stolen cell phone,” Nashville police said in a statement Tuesday.
Donaven Tennyson, 19, listed his phone for sale online and agreed to meet a buyer at a local Nashville Chili’s parking lot at 5 p.m. Monday. Tennyson said the meeting went awry and the buyer stole his phone before listing it for sale on the same site later that night.
Tae Daley, 18, and Frank Coppet, 18, joined Tennyson and brought a pellet pistol after he made a plan to meet the alleged thief at a Target parking lot and retrieve the stolen phone.
When Coppet got out of Daley’s vehicle at Target with the pellet pistol, a man in a black Buick next to the trio fired a real pistol and another man fired a shotgun.
According to police, one gunman fled the scene in the Buick while the other left in Daley’s vehicle.
Daley, a freshman from Warner Robins, Georgia, suffered a noncritical gunshot wound to his leg, and Coppet, a redshirt freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received noncritical birdshot wounds to his arms. Both are defensive backs.