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Shot during robbery

By John Colson

Sopris Sun Staff Writer

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A Carbondale native, who was shot in the stomach during an apparent robbery attempt in Nashville, Tenn., on the night of Sept. 26, remained in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Oct. 3 after reportedly undergoing several operations to repair injuries sustained in the incident.

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Hospital representatives, citing “federal law” as preventing them from saying more, would only confirm that Dietrich Minor, 27, whose nickname is “Deetz,” was still in the facility. He had been listed in critical condition the day after the shooting, and a report on the Aspen Real Life website on Sept. 29 indicated that he was “stable and on a ventilator” at that time.

On another social media website, Minor was said to have been taken off the ventilator but still in serious condition at the end of last week.

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On the GoFundMe.com fundraising website, donations to help defray Minor’s medical costs had reached $24,350 as of Oct. 3. Minor reportedly has no health insurance, having recently been “aged out” of his parents’ insurance policy.

A post on the GoFundMe site, uploaded on Oct. 3, announced a fund-raising “benefit fish-fry cookout” scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Batter’s Box in Nashville, which advertises itself as a “mellow, smoke-friendly sports bar.”

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The attack

According to police, Minor was attacked at about 10 p.m., after he was believed to have stopped off at a convenience store to buy a pack of smokes before heading over to the Batter’s Box to meet friends.

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According to Aspen Real Life, Minor is “a fourth-generation Carbondalian” and a 2008 graduate of Roaring Fork High School, where he and his brother, Chad, played football and baseball.

A comment on the website indicated that Minor then went to the University of Nevada Las Vegas for training in audio engineering.

Minor reportedly moved to Nashville several years ago, though his mother still lives in Aspen.

Attempts to reach Minor’s family were not successful on Monday, but one report indicated that the family had traveled to Nashville to be with the victim as he battles for his life.

Nashville police issued a media statement on Sept. 27, saying they were trying to identify the two men who attacked Minor and who were believed to also have robbed another Nashville man at gunpoint a short time earlier and only blocks away from where Minor was shot.

The men were described as one white man wearing a red “hoodie” and black pants, and a black man wearing “a white shirt with a unique pattern” that was not described in more detail. The two reportedly fled the scene in a grey or silver SUV of unknown make and model.

A police spokeswoman said on Oct. 3 that there had been no new developments in the case.

A Sept. 28 story in The Tennessean newspaper reported that police had stepped up their presence in the neighborhood where Minor was shot, adding that another man, from California, had been shot to death the day before in a neighborhood about a half-mile away from the scene of the attack on Minor.

The Tennessean report, which referred to the shootings and robberies as “a spate of violent crime,” noted that so far in 2016 there had been 53 homicides in Nashville, the same number as were reported at this point in 2015.

Published in The Sopris Sun on October 6, 2016.

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