A 2014 graduate of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro was shot and killed at a south Nashville gas station late Monday night.
According to police, the victim, identified as 18-year-old Deshaun Sawyers, was en route to a party in Brentwood with four friends around 11 p.m. when he asked to stop at the Exxon Tigermarket on Harding Place, just off Interstate 24.
Police said Sawyers and his friends were all in the same vehicle together traveling from Murfreesboro.
When they stopped at the gas station, Sawyers got out of the car and walked to the side of the building and got into an SUV.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots before Sawyers ran from the SUV, possibly a silver GMC Envoy, before he collapsed in front of the gas station.
Sawyers was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
His family and friends gathered Tuesday at their Murfreesboro home.
A cousin, Kayla Crosby, told News 2 she was in touch with Sawyers as recently as Monday, but they two failed to get in touch.
“I wish I could have known what he was calling me for,” she said. “Now we’ll never know.”
News 2 learned the teen was just arrested by Metro police last month on June 16. He was charged outside of Club X on Murfreesboro Pike for possessing a handgun while under the influence.
Sawyers had a court date for that charge in August.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.