Metro Police investigating fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Police said the fatal shooting took place in the parking lot of Southern Hills Condos.
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 4:54 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2022 at 9:54 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Neighbors at a south Nashville apartment complex said they heard the shots that left a 19-year-old man dead on Saturday morning.

Char and ash are all that’s left of two cars that caught fire on Saturday morning. People living near the scene said they’re still in shock after waking up to paramedics carrying a man away in a stretcher.

Cody Skynner said the day started like any other Saturday and quickly took a turn.

“I was just asleep, and I woke up hearing some type of sounds,” Skynner said.

Sounds that Skynner said he now knows were gunshots, but that’s not all. At around 3 a.m. he heard something else.

“There was an explosion. I was kind of waking up saying OK, that was strange, and I instantly dozed back to sleep,” Skynner said.

Hours later he got up and saw a heavy police presence.

“I got up a little bit around 6:30 and the dog needed to go out, so I went outside and instantly say three or four cop cars and an exploded car and I said, “OK, this is strange. This is an interesting situation that’s happening right her around my house,” he said.

Metro Police said around 3:30 Saturday morning crews found a 19-year-old man shot and killed, sitting in a burning car at Southern Hills Condo. Police said the bullets shooting into the man’s car that caused him to hit the gas and crash into another car just a few feet away. That’s when investigators said the car’s two front wheels continued to spin until sparks flew, lighting both cars on fire.

Firefighters pulled 19-year-old Pablo Ical-Caz from the burning car and declared him dead.

It’s a chilling situation that Skynner said now has him on edge just four weeks after moving into the complex.

“I was thinking hopefully this doesn’t happen to often around here,” Skynner said.

Metro Police said it is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.