18-year-old dies from injuries after Murfreesboro shooting - WSMV News 4

18-year-old dies from injuries after Murfreesboro shooting

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The shooting happened Tuesday night in the parking lot. (WSMV) The shooting happened Tuesday night in the parking lot. (WSMV)

Police in Murfreesboro are investigating a deadly shooting that happened at an apartment complex Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the Gateway Apartments at 1841 New Lascassas just after 8 p.m.

Investigators found the victim with a gunshot wound to the chest near a picnic table.

The victim, 18-year-old Kendrick Love, was taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Alison Weiler, the victim’s mother, said she received the call from police Tuesday night.

“I said, ‘Sir, before this even gets started, I need to know is my son gone? I need to know before we go any further.’ And the detective said, ‘Yes ma’am,’” Weiler said.

Witnesses told police they saw three black males running from the scene shortly after shots were fired.

“I don’t believe Kendrick had to die this way,” Weiler said.

This is the second homicide that has happened in Murfreesboro this year. Police are concerned about the increase in shootings at apartment complexes surrounding the MTSU campus.

Police have increased patrols and arrests. The city also announced an agreement with apartment complex owners who will take steps to deter crimes on their properties.

“Our city leaders, our police chief and our administrators are taking this very, very seriously,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans with Murfreesboro police. “And it’s not just a police problem, this is a community problem, and so we’re taking a community approach to address it.”

Love’s family hopes police will catch whoever is responsible for his murder.

“Stand up against the people that are doing wrong, push the drug dealers out, push the smuggling of guns, the break-ins. Stand up against these people as a community. One person can’t do it on their own,” Weiler said.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

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