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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 74-year-old man who had only lived in Nashville a few months was shot and killed Thursday afternoon while collecting his trash can from outside his South Nashville home.
Metro police reported Ruxin Wang was shot to death at his home on Claiborne Street around 4 p.m.
Wang was outside his home, retrieving a trash can when shots were fired, according to police. His wife found his body.
“She heard two gunshots, and afterward she tried to look around for my dad. She came out and she saw him lying there breathless,” said the victim’s son Yun Wang.
Witnesses told officers several young men, possibly juveniles, were seen running from the scene to the J.C. Napier public housing development.
The men were described as wearing black hooded sweatshirts and khaki pants.
While talking to News 2 Friday, Yun Wang broke down in tears as he pleaded for the violence that claimed his father’s life to stop.
“You look at the Las Vegas shooting, you look at the Orlando shooting [and] you think it is so far away from you, but it’s not. I couldn’t imagine [it could] happen to our family, but it does, it did,” he said.
Yun Wang said his father was a caring and compassionate man with a generous and gentle soul.
“It’s such a horrible crime. When my dad passed, I tried to cry, but I have [no] tears. I just don’t understand,” he said.
Neighbors News 2 spoke with also said they were shocked and saddened by Ruxin Wang’s shooting death.
“I think with everything happening, the youth violence summits are serious. And we need to address these problems. We are next to a school,” said neighbor Terry Vo.
Ruxin Wang and his wife moved to South Nashville about two months ago. His son said they moved to Nashville from China after retirement in search of a better life.
“I tried to let them enjoy their retirement [life]. I take them [traveling] across the world. I just didn’t know it would end up like this,” said Wang.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.