Police Need Help Finding Suspects In 12-Year-Old's Murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mikia Woodland was shot and killed in her home just south of downtown Nashville. Police need help solving the case. They hope the public can identify the killers.
For the first time police have released photos of the crime scene. It was July 9 at 1 a.m. Four men wearing white t-shirts and dark jeans kicked in the back door of the house at 67 Maury Street.
"The grandmother encountered the men, one of which she saw holding a gun. They demanded her to her room. She complied. She grabbed her cell phone to call 911," said Jeff Sells, Metro police officer.
She told police while she was in her room she heard shots fired in the kitchen. Police said the men fired five rounds. The bullets seemed to go everywhere. One even landed in the freezer.
"At that time one of the other grandchildren came to her room and said ‘Mikia had been shot,'" said Sells.
Police think Mikia may have startled the gunmen when she walked out of another bedroom, so they shot her.
"We're not sure if it was the wrong house, just a bad address that people went to or if for some reason they were targeting the house at this time. We're still looking at all the circumstances," said Sells.
Police believed the men were in their teens or twenties. They were last seen running down the alley behind the home.
"I mean, all murders are horrible, this is especially horrible when it takes the life of a 12-year-old girl that was an honor roll student that enjoyed people and enjoyed life," said Sells.
Police said it was important to get the suspects people off the street before they kill someone else.
If you know anything about the murder of Mikia Woodland call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. You can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously, text the word CASH and your message to CRIMES.