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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 27, 2020

21 Year-Old Convicted Felon Facing Federal Firearms Charges After Shooting Of Teenager Last Week

Seventeen Year-Old Shot With AR-Style Rifle

NASHVILLE, Tenn.August 27, 2020 – Gievanne Courtlyn Ashley, 21, of Nashville, was charged Tuesday with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

The charges stem from a shooting investigation, which occurred on August 20th in the 1300 block of Westchester Drive in Nashville, in which a 17 year-old was shot in the abdomen with an AR-style rifle.  According to the criminal complaint, when Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) responded to this incident, witnesses identified the shooter as Ashley, who had fled the scene.  MNPD officers knew at the time that Ashley was wanted on a probation violation warrant.

Subsequent investigation by MNPD on August 24, led officers to a house on Herman Street, where Ashley was found by SWAT officers hiding in a bedroom closet and was arrested. During a search of the premises, officers located a loaded .40 caliber Glock under the cushion of a chair in the living room.  Based on further interviews, MNPD officers obtained a search warrant for an apartment on Alameda Street in Nashville and recovered a loaded .32 caliber Long revolver; a Ruger AR-5.56 mm caliber rifle with 30 rounds in the magazine; an additional 5.56 mm magazine loaded with 10 rounds; a Glock .40 caliber magazine loaded with seven rounds; and 12 additional rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.

Ashley has two prior felony convictions in the Criminal Court of Davidson County, including burglary of a motor vehicle and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.   If convicted of the instant offenses, Ashley faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.

This case was investigated by the MNPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Notaristefano is prosecuting the case. 

The charges are merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
David Boling Public Information Officer 615-736-5956 david.boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated August 27, 2020