Dispute Over Car Leads to Fatal Shooting

A car ownership dispute resulted in a fatal shooting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (May 16, 2024) A dispute over the ownership of a car may have been the motive for a shooting at a gas station in Murfreesboro on Wednesday afternoon. The incident left one man dead, another injured, and the shooter behind bars.

Devon Loritts, 23, of Georgia, was shot multiple times and later died at the hospital. Loritts’ brother, who was also shot in the arm, was flown to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Detectives have charged 26-year-old Juan Charco of Antioch with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Charco’s brother was interviewed by detectives and released, though charges could be pending as the investigation progresses.

The preliminary investigation suggests the incident may have started over a disputed ownership of a Chrysler 300. Loritts had previously purchased the car from Charco. The car was tracked from Georgia to the 7 Eleven Exxon on Joe B. Jackson Parkway in Murfreesboro, where the shooting occurred at 2:39 p.m. After the shooting, the Charco brothers began fighting Loritts’ brother, who managed to escape and ran inside the store for help.

Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) officers arrived and began emergency medical aid on both shooting victims, applying a tourniquet to control the bleeding on the man’s arm. Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department firefighters and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services personnel took over advanced emergency care.

The case is currently under investigation by detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Violent Crime Unit. Juan Charco is being held in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $1.5 million bond. A court date is set for July 17 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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