Metro Schools mourning 2 students killed in I-24 shooting

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 17:02:48-05

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.

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