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Police: Nashville student shot, killed trying to protect his family during home invasion

(FOX 17 News)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A teenager is dead after a home invasion turned shooting on Capitol Point overnight Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Ja'Donte Thompson, 17. Thompson's grandmother fought back tears just hours after her grandson's death to say the person that pulled the trigger is in her prayers. See her full interview here.

According to witnesses, a family of four, including a grandfather, step-dad, mom and 17-year-old, were inside the home and asleep when two men in their 30s broke in yelling "where is it at." Police believe the suspects mistook the home for a drug house. Detectives found no evidence of drugs, money or weapons inside.

The suspects kicked in the back door and went upstairs. One suspect had his face covered and the other did not. One of the suspects, armed with a handgun, fired several shots, hitting a 17-year-old male in the chest after he struggled with the gunmen trying to protect his family. The gunman also pistol whipped the step-dad.

The suspects remain on the run, however, surveillance video from across the street may give police some clues. Police say the gunmen didn't steal anything.

Police said the suspects are described as being in their late 20's to 30's. Police said one gunman was described as wearing a red beanie, red jacket and appeared to be intoxicated, while the other suspect wore all black.

The victim was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he died. Thompson was a student at Hillsboro High. Grief counselors will be on hand Wednesday to help students cope with the tragic loss.

MNPS is saddened to learn about the tragic death of a 17-year-old Hillsboro High School student. He enrolled at Hillsboro this fall and previously attended East Nashville Magnet School. And though he wasn’t at the school long, he had a positive impact on his classmates, teachers and staff. He planned to join Hillsboro’s DECA chapter and baseball team. Teachers said he had model behavior and was a good example of an aspiring leader. This is a tragic case of senseless violence that has saddened all of us here at Metro Nashville Public Schools, and particularly the staff and students at Hillsboro and East High Schools. The district is providing grief counselors to support students and faculty. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family during their time of grief. - Metro Nashville Public Schools

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 615-742-7463.

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