A Hillsboro High School student was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in the Haynes Manor section of the city, north of downtown, and police are searching for three suspects seen fleeing the area.
Officers responded to the 700 block of Vanderhorst Drive off Moormans Arms Road and Whites Creek Pike just before 3 p.m. to find the victim, Demarcus Jordan-Ellis, with at least one gunshot wound inside the residence.
Several shell casings were also found near his body.
The 17-year-old was not breathing and pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are searching for three black males believed to have entered the home through the front door. They were last seen in a gold-colored vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Impala or Dodge Charger.
A motive was not immediately known, though police do not believe the shooting was random and Jordan-Ellis knew the gunman.
"When the gold car was pointed out to him, he indicated to neighbors he knew who to expect in the gold car [and he] let them inside," police spokesperson Don Aaron said. "Shortly thereafter, the shots were fired."
Tee Jordan, the victim's cousin, told Nashville's News 2 Demarcus comes from a "loving and caring family" with a great mother, father and younger brother.
"He's my first cousin, but he's like a brother to me. It's hard, but I'm more so angry," she said. "This is a community problem. We got to get our kids back. We got to get our kids back. We got to tell the dope man and gang bangers they don't have our kids. We have our kids."
Jordan said her cousin was studying music engineering.
She added, "Demarcus was a great young man involved in church. Sometimes I think we just run with the wrong individuals and I think that's what I think the situation is."
The family is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
"If you can help us bring whoever is involved in this to justice there is a $2,000 reward offered by the family at this time and that should increase very soon," Jordan said.
Anyone with information should call Metro police or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.