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14-year-old boy shot, killed outside Shelbyville laundromat

Israel Diego Pascual
Posted at 10:32 AM, Sep 14, 2021

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A teenager was killed outside a Shelbyville laundromat on Monday night.

Shelbyville police said the 14-year-old boy was shot in the parking lot of Duck River Laundry just after 9 p.m. He has been identified as Israel Diego Pascual, a freshman at Shelbyville Central High School.

"We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and great loss of one of our own," said Superintendent Dr. Tammy Garrett. "Our prayers are with this family."

Police now say they believe they've identified the shooter as Horatio Lewis Rice and "warrants are on file for his arrest for the charge of first-degree murder."

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Horatio Lewis Rice

Michael Anthony Caldwell is a second man who police say is a person of interest in Pascual's death. Both men are considered armed and dangerous. UPDATE: Caldwell has been located.

Pascual was doing laundry with his family, when police say Rice then ran up and shot him multiple times. From what investigators could tell, they believe this was a case of mistaken identity.

“There was no reason why he should’ve been a victim last night. He was not a high risk victim or someone who was involved in criminal activity. Nothing in the investigation thus far has shown he was any different than anyone else,” said Deputy Chief Brian Crews.

Deputy chief Crews says he spoke with the family who are understandably devastated by the loss, but say they don't know what connection they may have to the suspects.

If you have any information on the suspect's whereabouts, please contact Det. Lt. Charles Merlo at 931-684-5811. This remains an ongoing investigation.