Police: Man confesses to shooting, killing 19-year-old in East Nashville

(Courtesy: Michelle Birch)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 19-year-old girl was killed early Tuesday evening in a shooting in East Nashville and a man has been charged with her murder.

The shooting happened in the 600 block of South Eighth Street at the Cayce Homes public housing development around 5:30 p.m.

The victim, identified as Vastoria “Sherrell” Lucas, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Kevin Smith (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Two Metro officers were nearby at a crash investigation on Woodland Street when they spotted the suspect’s vehicle, a gold Chrysler 2000 with a temporary tag, drive by.

Three men inside the car were taken into custody on Interstate 24 near the Shelby Avenue exit.

The suspects were questioned by detectives. Metro police said three handguns, cocaine, pills and $1,900 in cash were recovered from the suspect’s car.

According to an arrest warrant, one suspect, identified as 28-year-old, Kevin Smith, who was detained and confessed to shooting Lucas.

Courtesy: Lucas family

A man in the area told officers he was shot at multiple times by Smith but was not injured, according to police.

Smith was booked into the Metro jail and charged with criminal homicide and attempted criminal homicide.

Lucas attended Stratford High School and was on the basketball team. Counselors will be available to students and staff who may need support beginning Wednesday.

One of the individuals involved as the victim of the deadly shooting at Cayce Homes tonight is a Stratford High School student and Girls Basketball team member.