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Devaunte Lewis Hill biography: 13 things about black man who shot Caitlyn Kaufman in Nashville

Devaunte Lewis Hill (©Metro Nashville Police Department)

Devaunte Lewis Hill (©Metro Nashville Police Department)

Devaunte Lewis Hill is an African-American man from Tennessee, United States. He was the one who fatally shot Caitlyn Kaufman, a nurse working at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

Hill and Kaufman did not know each other. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in 1999.
  2. He is a resident of Nashville, Tennessee.
  3. In March 2016, he fired a handgun after his grandmother and mother tried to wake him up for school. He shot his grandmother, his sister, who is 4 years younger than him, and his nephew, who was born in 2010. He was convicted on three counts of attempted criminal homicide.
  4. After pleading guilty to reduced charges of aggravated assault related to his shooting his three family member, he was placed in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) in Nashville, which released him on a trial home visit in April 2017.
  5. In June 2017, he and another person robbed a neighbor. He was arrested on aggravated robbery charge. He was returned back to the custody of the DCS after he pleaded guilty to the juvenile charge.
  6. On May 13, 2018, he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The case was dismissed on May 31, 2018. On March 27, 2018, he was released from the custody of the DCS based on good-time credits earned in custody.
  7. He worked at a restaurant called The Sutler in Melrose, Nashville. In May 2019, he grabbed a co-worker and slammed the head of the latter on a metal wall in the kitchen. Prior to this, the victim told him a joke not intended toward him.
  8. On January 20, 2020, he was charged with assault. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Lynda Jones on December 15, 2020 and before Judge Ana L. Escobar on March 25, 2021.
  9. On September 17, 2020, he was charged with driving with a suspended license. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Samuel Coleman on April 12, 2021.
  10. Between 6:05 and 6:10 p.m. on December 3, 2020, he shot Kaufman at least six times while she was in her gray Mazda CX-5 SUV along Interstate 440 in Nashville.
  11. On December 10, 2020, an informant tipped off the Metro Nashville Police Department that he was the one who shot Kaufman. On the same day, a search warrant for Call Detail Records (CDR) was executed. His cell phone provider placed his phone in the same place at the time of the shooting. Also, his gun matched to three 9 mm shell casings found at the crime scene.
  12. At 6:15 a.m. on December 11, 2020, Metro Nashville Police Department SWAT members arrested him at his apartment on Porter Road in Berkshire Place Apartments in Nashville. Before 9:30 a.m. that day, he was booked into the Davidson County Jail in Nashville and was held without bond. He was charged with criminal homicide in Kaufman’s killing. After being taken into custody, he admitted to shooting Kaufman.
  13. He will appear in Davidson County General Sessions Court on December 15, 2020 for a review hearing on the criminal homicide charge related to Kaufman’s killing.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)

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