Pitts, Parsha


A Nashville man has been charged in connection with a shooting that left one person dead and another injured in Gallatin last week. 

The shooting took place at a home in the 140-block of Harris Lane near Nashville Pike just before 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, according to Gallatin police. 

The victims have been identified by police as 36-year-old William Anton Phillips and 40-year-old David Lewis Hudson. Phillips was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead later that evening while Hudson was listed as being in stable condition.

Less than an hour after the shooting, an officer spotted an individual who matched the description of a suspect in the case at the Coach’s Corner Market at 1174 Long Hollow Pike, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.

“(The officer) made contact and detained the subject after a brief foot pursuit and physical resistance from the subject,” according to the affidavit. “The subject was… found to be in possession of two handguns, a large sum of U.S. currently and marijuana.”

The suspect has been identified as Parsha Lamont Pitts Jr., 19 of Nashville. 

When questioned about the case, police say Pitts admitted to his involvement and participation in the shootings along with forcefully taking the marijuana and money from the Harris Lane residence.

Gallatin police are asking anyone who was in the area of Coach’s Corner Market between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 15 and had contact with Pitts to call 615-452-1313. Investigators believe he may have borrowed several cell phones during that time to make calls and was possibly given a ride by a good Samaritan. 

Pitts is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, according to court documents. He was booked into the Sumner County Jail with a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on March 18. 

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