NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An 18-year-old from Ashland City died after being shot outside of the south Nashville Hooters last weekend.
Hagan Newland was shot in the parking lot of the Largo Drive restaurant at 7:25 p.m. Saturday night. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died Monday.
According to Metro-Police, the 18-year-old was sitting in his gray Dodge Charger counting his money with four friends when reported three gunmen approached the car.
The suspects reportedly tried to rob Newland, who resisted, before shooting him in the head.
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The suspects, who are described as black men in their teens to early 20s, fled the scene in a black Mercedes sedan with tinted windows and black hubcaps.
Detectives are pursuing leads in the case. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
On Monday, Newland’s friends were mourning the loss and remembering the type of person he was.
“I’ve been in school for maybe five minutes and I had to leave; I couldn’t handle it,” said friend Jordan Finnegan.
The two were on the football team together. Finnegan left school early Monday so he could grieve at home.
Finnegan reminisced about his friends good qualities.
“He would be very outgoing. Try to make you smile. He liked to tell a lot of jokes,” he told News 2.
Metro police said the shooting was likely connected to a drug deal, but Newland’s family told News 2 that’s not the teenager they knew.
“He’s an athlete. He just got a sports scholarship because he’s such a good football player, and there is no way that it could have had anything to do with drugs. He was out celebrating his scholarship acceptance,” said Casey Dellinger, Newland’s aunt.
Family and friends told News 2 they are grieving the young life cut short.