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Monday, April 13, 2009

TN- Police identify victim in Saturday shooting

4-13-2009 Tennessee:

Police have identified Lawrence Mason, 32, of Nashville as the man shot to death early Saturday morning in the parking lot of 2442 25th Avenue North.

Mason was a passenger inside a car driven by Ricardo Murray, police said. The two had dropped off a third passenger at his apartment at about 3 a.m.

Murray told police Mason had talked to a woman in the parking lot.

Moments later, a suspect, described as an African American in his early 20s, confronted Murray and Mason, demanding to know who spoke to the woman.

At the same time, a second suspect, described as an African American in his early 30s, and a woman, described as an African American in her 20s, approached the car.

The suspects robbed Mason and Murray at gunpoint, and then opened fire on Mason. He died at the scene.

Mason, a registered sex offender, had a lengthy arrest history with convictions for statutory rape, prostitution, assault, drug possession and disorderly conduct.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. ..Source.. by Nicole Young • The Tennessean


Police ID suspect in 25th Avenue shooting

4-14-2009 Tennessee:

Metro Police detectives are seeking a convicted robber in connection with Saturday morning’s shooting death of Lawrence Mason on 25th Avenue North.

Cordarrel Lee Buford, 20, who received a five-year sentence for robbery in 2007 and who is free on bond on drug and gun charges, is now named in a criminal homicide warrant for Mason’s murder, according to police.

Police say tip to Crime Stoppers led to the development of Buford as a suspect. He was later identified from a photo lineup as one of the persons who fired on Mason.

Buford was arrested in January after officers allegedly found him at an apartment in the Cumberland View public housing development with two pistols and marijuana, according to police.

Anyone with information about Buford or his whereabouts is urged to contact North Precinct Investigations at 862-7890 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. ..Source.. by City News


From: Robbery victim opens fire on suspects 7-2009
In a related arrest, North Precinct Patrol Officer Wes Terry spotted a suspicious car parked near Bud’s Market after the robbery attempt. Officer Terry approached the vehicle and during his investigation learned the front seat passenger was murder suspect Cordarrel Lee Buford, who is now charged in the April 12 shooting death of a man on 25th Avenue North, police said.

Officers had been seeking Buford, 21, since swearing out a warrant against him April 13 as the suspect in the homicide of Lawrence Mason. Buford, a convicted robber, was also in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol at the time of this morning’s arrest.

Photos of Dotson and Parish are being withheld pending lineups in similar cases.

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