Nashville police: Ethiopian Restaurant owner killed in targeted shooting

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Gitem Demissie
(Photo: Metro Nashville Police)

Police are investigating what they described as the targeted killing of the owner of an Ethiopian restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in south Nashville.

Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. A witness said the gunman, clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, approached Demissie and shot him multiple times. The shooter then fled.

Investigators are looking into whether Demissie had been in recent disputes. The witness described the shooter as man standing about 5-foot-7 inches with light skin and a thin build.

Police are asking people with information about the murder or the shooter to contact Crime stoppers at 615-742-7463, or text the word “CASH” along with the information to 274637. Tips can also be made at¬†

4 Responses to Nashville police: Ethiopian Restaurant owner killed in targeted shooting

  1. wayway Nafesymare . waye Enatehe , wandma i m said , I m so sorry. demehe Gaberale yawetaleh.

    March 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm

  2. May this countryman rest in peace!!! It is one of those sad endings that befalls opportunity chasing immigrants and succeeded. My family’s prayers goes out to his loved ones!!! We also hope and pray that the shooter would be apprehended very soon to face justice.

    Ittu Aba Farda
    March 20, 2017 at 1:54 am

  3. Xenophobia is real in United States. I urge foreign food restaurant owners including Ethiopian restaurant owners here in USA to be on the look out for suspicious persons, including their own employees that are not from the same country as the owner.

    March 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

  4. Kinane,I think you are one of those who make a mountain out of a molehill. The link you suggested is biases that happen everyday in every country. Sober up. It is more dangerous in our homeland than in the US. Ok?

    March 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

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