NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Public Schools has released a statement after two students were killed early Tuesday morning in a shooting on Interstate 24.
MNPS officials said 12-year-old Abdiwahab Adan was a 7th grade student at J.T. Moore Middle and 14-year-old Donquez Abernathy was a 9th grader at Hillsboro High.
“Our hearts go out to the family, friends, students and staff who are mourning the loss of these two young children to a senseless act of gun violence. Our staff are working with the school communities affected to offer grief counseling and support,” the district said Wednesday.
Officers said four juveniles were in a stolen truck when the shooting happened near downtown Nashville around 3:15 a.m. Police said the shooting was isolated to inside the truck, but details on what led to the gunfire have not yet been released.
The driver, Adan, and a backseat passenger, Abernathy, were killed. Police previously said the victims were adults but later clarified their ages.
Two other teens who were inside the truck were hit, a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. They were both taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where they're being treated for gunshot wounds.
Police said the 16-year-old is suspected in the shooting. A gun, which was stolen last week in South Nashville, was recovered from the truck.