16-year-old girl killed in South Nashville shooting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 16-year-old girl was killed and another wounded in a shooting in South Nashville Sunday night.

The shooting happened in the 3800 block of Eckhart Drive in the Paragon Mills neighborhood around 8 p.m.

Metro police reported Ja’niya Birdsong, 16, was killed and her 17-year-old relative was wounded when a dispute between the two girls and several young men ended in gunfire.

Metro Nashville Public Schools identified Ja’niya as a junior at Hillsboro High School.

“We are saddened by the loss of Ja’Niya Birdsong to an act of gun violence over the weekend. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who are mourning her loss today, and our district grief counseling team will be at Hillsboro High today to provide support for anyone who needs it.”

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Ja’niya’s family told News 2 she was on the wrestling team at Hillsboro and worked at WingStop.

The 17-year-old’s injuries are said to be non-life threatening. No additional information was immediately released.

Metro police said strong leads are being pursued. Anyone with information on this crime or other crimes is asked to contact our partners at Nashville Crime Stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME (742-7463). All callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. You can also submit a tip online by clicking here.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 for updates.

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