NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police believe a lingering argument may have led to the shooting death of a 15-year-old in South Nashville Tuesday night.
The teen, now identified as Jaezoine Woods, died after the shooting at the J.C. Napier homes off Lewis Street.
Jaezoine’s family heard the gunshots that claimed his life.
“Over 50. Over 50 shots from three different guns,” his cousin Tiffany Sanford told News 2.
On Wednesday, family and friends gathered around the 15-year-old’s grieving mother on the front porch of his home, where you could see the crime scene in the distance.
“The whole family is just speechless and shocked. Pain, shock, surprise more than anything else,” Sanford explained.
She told News 2 Woods walked to the store and never returned.
“Just an innocent child going to get something for his grandmother, walking to the store. Coming back from the store, he took off running and got hit,” Sanford said.
According to a press release, there was an altercation involving Jaezoine in a parking lot in the 600 block of Lewis Street before several shots were fired around 8:45 p.m.
Police said the teen, who is believed to have been hit at that point, was able to run away before the suspects reportedly got into a white car, cut him off, and fired at him again.
Jaezoine collapsed a short distance later and was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
“Jaezoine was a good child, he wasn’t bad. He didn’t stay in a lot of trouble. He wasn’t in no gang. He was a great child,” Sanford told News 2.
The family said the 15-year-old was going to be a sophomore at McGavock High School.
A 45-year-old resident of J.C. Napier, who walked onto her back porch after hearing shots, was struck when a bullet ricocheted. She has since been treated at Vanderbilt and released.
One of the suspects is described as a young black man who is around 6 feet tall with a heavy build. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and orange shorts.
The suspect vehicle is described as a white late-model Ford Fusion with a sunroof and larger rims. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
This is the second shooting that left a Nashville teenager injured Tuesday night. Shortly before 8 p.m. a 14-year-old was shot near The Nations.