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Metro Police Trying To Find Killer Of Teenage Boy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man died after he was shot in a North Nashville neighborhood and the shooter got away. Undercover gang detectives actually heard the gunfire.

The shooting happened the night of March 31 when Metro's gang unit was in the area of Trinity Lane and Monticello in North Nashville. They heard gunshots coming from Edgewood Avenue.

Witnesses told police they saw someone run behind some houses and into the woods.

"They got out and started searching the wood line and ended up finding the victim Brandon Simmons lying down in the woods. He'd been shot," said James Davis, Metro Police Department.

Simmons was 16-years-old and he died later at Vanderbilt hospital. 

"We don't know if this was a retaliation type thing or something that maybe Brandon had done or said. We just don't know at this point," said Davis.

Witnesses saw two men chasing Simmons down the street shooting at him. Another person saw the shooters jump into a large white truck.

"There were several shots that were fired in that area. Some of the shots hit homes. Some of the shots even hit a couple of cars," said Davis.

Police said fortunately no one else was shot.

"We need to find out who did this because people could have been sitting in those cars. People could have been outside their homes. These stray bullets could have struck any of them," said Davis.

Police believe there are people in the neighborhood with information that can help them.

"We know there were a lot of people out that night. We know people either saw or heard what happened and we need their help," said Davis.

If you have information about the murder of Brandon Simmons call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

You can also send a text to Crime Stoppers, begin the message with the word CASH and send the text to CRIMES.

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