Suspect charged in shooting death of 16-year-old Nashville girl

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man has been charged in the September shooting death of a 16-year-old in South Nashville.

Mohamed Sowa, 21, faces charges for murder and attempted murder for his alleged role in the death of Ja’Niya Birdsong and the wounding of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend.

The shooting happened outside Birdsong’s grandmother’s home in the 3800 block of Eckhart Drive on Sept. 26.

Police say Sowa and his ex-girlfriend were reportedly arguing outside the home before he got into a vehicle to leave. At that point, shots were fired from the vehicle toward the two teens.

Family members told News 2 last month there were multiple men involved in the argument, not only Sowa.

Birdsong was pronounced dead at the scene. The 17-year-old was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Sowa is being held on $500,000 bond.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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