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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An investigation is underway after a 43-year-old man was shot to death inside a home in Nolensville.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the victim, identified as Robert “Bobby” Ward, was killed Sunday evening at the house he rents in the 9000 block of Sam Donald Road.
Family members told News 2 someone knocked on their door before shots were fired around 10 p.m.
“He grabbed a shotgun and went and seen what it was, and I guess by the time he walked in the living room, and whoever it was just started firing at the windows and shot up the house, and my dad didn’t survive,” explained Ward’s son Jordan.
His other son, 11-year-old Shelton, hid underneath a bed and called 911 after the gunfire stopped.
“He told me this morning about 15 seconds after the gunshots stopped he said, ‘Dad?’ and there was no answer, and he walked in the living room to see his father lying in a pool of blood,” Jordan said.
Family members said Ward did not have any enemies, and they don’t know who could have killed their loved one.
“It was a ruthless act of nonsense that took my father’s life,” Jordan told News 2. “He was a good man. He loved his family, loved everybody. If you needed some advice, you came to him.”
His sons said they now just want the person responsible to be caught.
“He didn’t deserve this,” said Ward’s third son Ryan. “I hope whoever did it will get what they deserve.”
The investigation is ongoing and authorities have not yet released a motive. Investigators spent Monday combing nearly every inch of the property searching for clues about the homicide.
“[There was] no point in it, no point taking somebody’s life,” Ryan told News 2.
In addition to losing their father days after Christmas, the brothers said their mother was also murdered several years ago.
“My mom passed away nine days before Christmas,” Jordan recalled. “My dad passed away five days after Christmas.”
A suspect description has not been released. The TBI is assisting the Nolensville Police Department with the investigation.