16-Year-Old Shot In Head During Home Invasion

Posted at 5:26 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 23:56:16-05

A student from East Magnet High School was taken to an area hospital overnight after he was shot in the head during a home invasion in Davidson County.

The victim was identified as 16-year-old William Harper. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday on Herman Street west of Nashville. 

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Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said Harper's 19-year-old sister had just arrived home and was entering the entering the house when she heard scuffling behind her.

She turned around to see two men wearing ski masks and black hoodies. The men rushed her and forced their way inside the home.

The woman yelled for her mother, which woke up her brother. When he ran out to see what was going on, one of the men fired a shot, hitting him in the head. 

The mother was also inside the home at the time but she was not injured. .

Harper was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police were trying to figure out why the suspects chose that address. It did not appear there were any connections with the victims. 

“This young man, from all accounts is a good student, a good person, we have no known issues with this family or this particular residence,” said Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron. 

He said it was unclear why anyone would want to hurt Harper. 

“These two individuals are responsible for the very critical wounding of one of our high school students, a young man who was minding his own business, by all accounts was a good student. Why they came into this home has yet to be determined,” said Aaron. 

Investigators described the suspects as two black men, one about 5 feet 6 inches tall. The other man was about 5 feet 9 inches tall. 

The men escaped in a newer model silver four-door sedan - possibly a Chevrolet Impala.

No arrests have been made in the case, but police believed someone may be able to give them information about the case. 

“It may well be that there are persons in this community who know who did this,” said Aaron. 

Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects should call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME (615-742-7463).