Metro Schools died mourning 2 students in the I-24 shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Metro Nashville Public Schools issued a statement after two children were killed early Tuesday morning during an interstate 24 shooting.

According to MNPS officials, 12-year-old Abdiwahab Adan was a 7th-grade student at JT Moore Middle and 14-year-old Donquez Abernathy was a 9th-grade student at Hillsboro High.

“Our hearts appeal to family, friends, students and employees who mourn the loss of these two young children due to a senseless armed violence. Our staff will work with the affected school communities to provide grief counseling and support, ”the district said on Wednesday.

Officers said four juveniles were in a stolen truck when the shooting occurred near downtown Nashville around 3:15 a.m. Police said the shooting was isolated inside the truck, but details leading to the shooting have not yet been reported.

The driver, Adan and a rear passenger, Abernathy, died. Police previously said the victims were adults, but later clarified their age.

Two other teenagers in the truck were hit, a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. They were both taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where they are treated for gunshot wounds.

Police say the 16-year-old is suspected of the shooting. A gun was found in the truck that was stolen last week in South Nashville.

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