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SMYRNA, Tenn. – Authorities have named a second suspect wanted in connection with the December 2013 shooting that injured one person outside of Deerfield Inn just a few days before Christmas.

Law enforcement officials announced Friday that they have issued an arrest warrant for Cortez Smith, 22, for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 20, 2013, shooting of 20-year-old Pierre Burns, of Smyrna.

He is wanted on one count of especially aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated robbery, according to Smyrna officials.

“These warrants stem from the shooting that occurred at Deerfield Inn,” said Kevin Arnold, chief of the Smyrna Police Department.

Smith is described as a black male who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs an estimated 140 pounds.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact Smyrna police at 615-459-6644.

The announcement comes just a few days after Jeremy L. Rivers, 26, was arrested and charged with one count of especially aggravated robbery in connection with the case, and more arrests are likely to follow.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” Arnold said, “and other arrests are still expected in this case.”

Rivers is accused of shooting Burns during the incident, which occurred at about 11 p.m. outside of the hotel on Courier Place.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro. He is set to appear Monday in Smyrna General Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing in the case.

In a press release last week, Arnold said officers did not learn about the shooting until they responded to a crash on Interstate 24 near the intersection of Sam Ridley Parkway.

“After officers had responded to the scene, it was found that one of the occupants of the vehicle had been the victim of a shooting,” Arnold said. “According to the victim and a witness, they were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Deerfield Inn when the shooting occurred.”

The crash happened a few minutes later while a friend was rushing Burns to StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna for treatment, he said.

Following the crash, Burns was sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center instead and treated for his injuries. He has since been released from the hospital and is expected to survive, according to officials.

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