UPDATE: 4 p.m.
The continuing investigation by South Precinct detectives into Thursday afternoon’s shooting of Corvell Conley at the intersection of Rural Hill Road and Bridgecrest Drive has revealed that the man charged, Vincent Gooden, was accidentally misidentified by two witnesses who reported seeing the gunman.
Detectives are working to see that Gooden, 30, who was charged with aggravated assault, is immediately released from jail. Video from MTA shows that Gooden was on a city bus at the time of the gunfire.
Officers in the neighborhood noticed that Gooden matched the physical description of the suspect in the shooting. He was brought back to the scene where the witnesses identified him as the person involved.
Conley, 21, received wounds to his jaw and neck. Detectives have not yet been able to interview him due to his medical condition.
South Precinct detectives tonight charged Vincent Gooden, 30, with felony aggravated assault for Thursday afternoon’s shooting of a man inside a car at the intersection of Rural Hill Road and Bridgecrest Drive.
The shooting victim has been tentatively identified as Corvell Conley, 21. He is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for wounds to his jaw and neck.
The investigation shows that Conley was the driver of a black Honda Civic that made a U-turn in the intersection at approximately 2:40 p.m. The car then stopped momentarily before going over a curb into a wood line. When the Honda came to rest, a gunman got out of the passenger side and ran west on Rural Hill Road. Conley fell out of the car and crawled across the intersection where he was helped by passersby.
Witnesses who saw the fleeing gunman described his features to officers. A short time later, members of the Special Response Team who were checking the area spotted Gooden on foot. He fit the description of the gunman provided by witnesses. Gooden was brought to the intersection where two witnesses identified him as the person who fled from the car.
Gooden was taken to the South Precinct to be interviewed. He denied any involvement despite being picked out by the witnesses.
Detectives have not yet been able to interview Conley due to his injuries.
Gooden, of Pebble Creek Drive, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.