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Man shot at Smyrna basketball court

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A man is in the hospital after being shot at a basketball court Sunday night as police continue to piece together several conflicting stories.

A fight broke out in the area of Mason Tucker Drive and Sam Ridley Parkway just before 8 p.m., according to Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold.

Moments later, Stone Crest Hospital contacted the police department and said they had a victim of a gunshot wound in their emergency room.

Detectives have been able to piece together that earlier in the night Cordarius Johnson, 22, of Smyrna was sitting in his vehicle with his girlfriend at Hilltop-Rosenwald Park when two black men entered his back seat and demanded their money and cell phones.

A crowd that was at the park began to move toward the vehicle, which caused the two attackers to flee to a white Ford Escort, which was parked at the park.

Johnson said that he then left the park in his vehicle to go to his home to retrieve his handgun, which he is licensed to carry.

Johnson stated that he drove his vehicle towards Sam Ridley Parkway on Mason Tucker Drive.  When he pulled up next to the men in the Ford Escort, Johnson claims that someone in the vehicle began shooting at him, and he returned fire.

He then later came to the Smyrna Police Department to report he had been involved in this situation. The individual shot was identified as Tazarius Leach, age 21, of LaVergne, TN.

Police said there are several conflicting stories from the parties involved, and detectives are still investigating.

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