Teen shot, killed outside Sweet Sixteen party

Teen shot, killed outside Sweet Sixteen party (Image 1)

A 17-year-old died from gunshot wounds outside a Sweet Sixteen birthday party in southeast Nashville Saturday night.

Metro police said the victim, identified as Antwand D. Covington, Jr., arrived at the party on Wesleyville Drive just before 11 p.m.

A gunman opened fire from a few houses away, striking Covington at least once.

Friends drove him to Summit Hospital where he died.

Metro police said 18-year-old Stephen King is believed to have critical knowledge regarding the shooting.

Efforts to locate King have been unsuccessful.

As Metro police are following up on leads to identify the gunman, the teen's friends and family are devastated.

“I loved my brother and I want him back,” the victim's younger brother Dwight Simmons, told Nashville's News 2, “He always helped me with everything, when I come out of school he helped me with my homework, when I needed help with something he would help me.”

Precious Brooks added, “Twan was my best friend, he was a good person and he was the god father of my baby that he's not going to get to see.”

Detectives said they do not believe Covington was the intended target of the shooting.

Family members told Nashville's News 2 that Covington Jr. was a recent high school graduate and the eldest of six brothers.

Anyone with information on King's whereabouts is urged to contact police at 615-862-7727 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to help cover funeral expenses can do so at any First Tennessee Bank or Fifth Third Bank.

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