12-year old driver, 14-year-old passenger killed in shooting on I-24 near downtown Nashville

Two other teens injured
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Posted at 4:09 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 00:06:15-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police said a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old were killed in a shooting on Interstate 24 early Tuesday morning.

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, Abdiwahab Adan, 12, and a backseat passenger, Donquez Abernathy, 14, were killed. Early Tuesday morning police 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.

The shooting was reported in the eastbound lanes near the Silliman Evans Bridge, at about 3:15 a.m. The eastbound lanes of I-24 were closed for hours while police investigated but have since reopened.