Search Continues For Gunmen In Teen's Shooting

Posted at 6:30 AM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 20:29:16-05

The search continued for two gunmen after a teenager was shot and killed during a home invasion in Nashville.

The incident happened around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday inside a townhome at the John Henry Hale apartments on Capitol Point.

Police 17-year-old Ja'Donte Thompson was shot in the chest during a scuffle with one of the gunmen. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  

His stepfather, identified as 41-year-old Joseph Patton, was pistol-whipped during the ordeal. The two suspects fled from the scene without taking anything.

The gunmen were described as being in their late 20s to 30s. The victims said one of them, who wore a red beanie hat and a red jacket, smelled of alcohol and had the appearance of being intoxicated.

The other gunman was masked and wore all black clothing.

Thompson’s biological father said his son worked at Topgolf, played basketball, and eventually wanted to join the Navy.

"He was a good child. He wasn't into gangs, he wasn't in to drugs, he was just a good child,” he said.

The investigation remained ongoing.

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