Antonio Parham, 26, who was shot last Wednesday while approaching the front of O’Reilly Auto Parts on Jefferson Street carrying a shotgun, was discharged from Vanderbilt University Medical Center this afternoon and is now jailed on charges of aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon.
Parham went to the auto parts store with another man, Artie Thomas, who ( Artie Thomas had an argument with an employee, Tony Wray, earlier in the day. Wray, 23, saw Parham approaching with the gun. He told detectives he was in fear for his safety and that of other persons inside. Wray drew his own pistol and fired through the front window. Parham was hit in the chest and fell to the pavement. Persons with him loaded him into a vehicle and took him to General Hospital.
The man who had the original argument with Wray, and with whom Parham traveled to the auto parts store, is facing a charge of aggravated assault for acting in concert with Parham. Artie Thomas, 29, has not yet been arrested. Efforts are continuing to locate him