Four people were killed early Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Antioch.
All of the victims were in their 20s and all were from the Middle Tennessee area.
The gunman pulled into the parking lot at 3:19 a.m., waiting in his car for almost four minutes, then got out and started firing upon two people talking in the parking lot.
Taurean Sanderlin age 29, was a Waffle House employee from Goodlettsville. He was shot and killed as he stood outside.
Joe Perez, the youngest victim, moved to Nashville from Texas a few months prior to the shooting and was also murdered outside the restaurant. He was 20-years-old.
“He was always there for everybody. You know, he loved everybody, he was just a happy person most of all," his uncle JoJo Sauceda said, adding that he hopes the shooter is held accountable for taking these lives. “I hope the court system gives him what he deserves, but me, I don’t know. It’s going to be a long time before I can forgive that man for what he’s done.”
DeEbony Groves was from Gallatin and a current senior at Belmont, majoring in social work. She was shot and killed inside the restaurant. She was 21. A gofundme account was set up for her family.
Akilah Dasilva was inside with his girlfriend and brother when he was shot. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died. Friends called him a “passionate” musician who was pursuing a career in musical engineering at MTSU.
Two other victims were wounded by gunfire. They have been identified as 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner, of Nashville, and 24-year-old Sharita Henderson, of Antioch.
As of Monday morning, both patients were listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt.
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