Gunshots shattered a party in Bellevue early Sunday morning, and now police are searching for the person responsible for shooting a 20-year-old man.
A fight broke out inside a home on Summit Oaks Drive around 1:30 a.m, according to a news release from Metro Police.
Investigators said the argument spilled out into the front yard, where someone started firing a pistol.
Carlos Gomez, 20, of West Nashville, was shot in the head. He rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Channel 4 spoke to the 17-year-old who hosted the party. The girl said she had only invited several friends, but the shindig spiraled out of control. She said she ran to the basement when she heard the gunshots. When she emerged, she described a hectic scene.
"People are running out, and I just look to my left where the bushes are, and he's just laying there," she said.
The host said she knew Gomez and the man she believes shot him.
"I just know he's really not a bad guy. He's not. I think he just runs with the wrong crew, so he's around that influence," she said.
But the teenager said she feels the bullets were not intended for Gomez, who she described as "loveable."
"I know he didn't mean to shoot Carlos," she said. "We all love [Carlos]. He's that guy. You love him," she said."
Relatives said Gomez leaves behind a young daughter. He also loved to play baseball.
"I loved him so much, and what happened hurts me," said Gomez's aunt, Marta Reyes.
Reyes said Gomez recently survived a car wreck, bringing an added sense of agony upon the family.
Police have interviewed a number of witnesses and say they are pursuing strong leads in their efforts to identify the shooter.
Anyone with information regarding this homicide case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
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