Man Faces Attempted Murder in Murfreesboro Shooting

Keonza Scales, 19 (Photo- Murfreesboro Police Dept.)
Keonza Scales, 19 (Photo- Murfreesboro Police Dept.)

Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) officers arrest a man after a shooting and brief foot pursuit on Wednesday, May 31.

Keonza Scales, 19, ran from police but was quickly taken into custody after the shooting. Scales is charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

MPD officers responded to the parking lot of the old Mid-TN Expo Center, 1664 Middle Tennessee Blvd. after an officer heard gunshots. A 22-year-old man was located at a nearby gas station suffering from a gunshot wound. The shooting victim was flown to the hospital by helicopter. His condition is not known.

The preliminary investigation shows Scales, another man, and a 17-year-old, were driving through the parking lot of the old expo center around 12:15 a.m. Scales asked the driver to stop after seeing someone, he thought he recognized. Scales approached the 22-year-old man and started shooting at him.

Officers saw a red Dodge pickup leaving the parking lot where the shooting occurred with no headlights on. Officers conducted a traffic stop, and that’s when Scales got out of the truck and took off running. He was taken into custody behind the old Kroger grocery store.

An AR-15 and several handguns were found inside the pickup.

Investigators are still interviewing others involved. The investigation is on-going.

Scales is currently being held in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $113,000 bond. A hearing is set June 29 in General Sessions Court.


  1. Why does the date of this incident not match up with the real date on the calendar. Wednesday May 31st is Today.

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