Workplace shooting victim remembers being ‘a really good man’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – “A really good man” is how friends describe Aaron Walker, whose life was cut short at 51.

Walker was shot and killed by a colleague from Kenny Pipe & Supply on Wednesday afternoon. This is the second workplace shooting in Nashville this month.

Metro police said the shooting was a months-long feud over a motorcycle. Walker asked Ivan Maurice Coffman, 53, to fix his bike. Police said they disagreed on how long it took and how much it cost. Police said they got into an argument inside the store on Wednesday, and Coffman shot and killed Walker.

“Fuses are shorter these days,” said Chris Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Lipscomb University. He said he’s noticed people seem more angry lately and it takes less to crack them up.

“We are in a nation politically, and in many other ways, polarized,” Gonzalez said. “There’s a low-grade anger headache in a lot of people post-pandemic with civil unrest.”

Just last week, there was another fatal workplace shooting at Jack in the Box involving two employees who ended up in the middle of a fight between their girlfriends. Gonzalez said he encourages people to stop and think before acting out of fear or anger.

“How much power do you want to give out at this moment,” Gonzalez said.

Walker’s friends said he was a caring man and leaves behind a wife and at least one child.

Kenny Pipe & Supply said they were shocked and saddened and mourned the loss of Walker.

Coffman will appear in court on Friday morning.

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