NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A family is pleading for answers after a weekend shooting in South Nashville reportedly sent their teenage relative to the hospital, where he is not expected to survive.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, a shooting was reported shortly after 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the IHOP in the 4000 block of Nolensville Pike, leaving one person critically injured.
News 2’s Nikki McGee spoke with the family of 16-year-old Alexander Delgado, who told her he was the victim in the shooting. Metro police later confirmed Monday morning that Alexander was the victim.
According to his family, Alexander was in his vehicle, outside the restaurant when he was shot in the back of the head and drove his car into the building. Relatives also said Alexander was giving a friend a ride, but police could not confirm a passenger was present.
Police said a witness reported hearing gunshots prior to the crash. The gunfire damaged the rear passenger window and back windshield. Investigators also recovered a loaded nine-millimeter pistol from the driver’s floorboard.
An emotional crowd gathered outside the restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 8, setting out candles, flowers, and photographs in honor of Alexander.
“He was very outgoing. He would always talk to you if he knew you could match his vibe. Very loving. He would take his coat off for you, all the things that a very outgoing person would,” Alexander’s stepbrother, Alex Armas told News 2.
Alexander’s mother is reportedly at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center to say her goodbyes before his organs are donated.
“She’s sitting there with him at the hospital right now, she’s talking to him, telling him get up out of the bed, ‘they’re telling me that you’re not here, but I want you to stand up and prove them wrong,'” said one of Alexander’s aunts, Paulina Zavala.
Alexander’s relatives told News 2 their family is desperate for answers, so they urge anyone with information about the shooting, as well as surveillance footage, to come forward.
“He loved life, he was young, he was handsome and, like, caring, loving towards his family, and now we’re not going to have him anymore, and it’s not fair and we need to get justice for him,” another aunt, Claudia Lara, said.
Tips can be submitted anonymously to Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME. Callers may receive a cash reward.
There is also a GoFundMe set up to raise money for Alexander’s funeral expenses.
When News 2 reached out to Metro Police for more information, they confirmed the victim of the shooting was a 16-year-old boy who was hospitalized.
In addition, authorities said officers found the teen alone in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a witness reported hearing shots fired prior to the crash. Homicide detectives are investigating the incident.