SMYRNA – One of the three men shot last month outside of Souksavanh Thai Restaurant has died, according to police.
“It is with deep regret that the Smyrna Police Department announces that one of the victims from the June 23 shooting has passed away,” Chief Kevin Arnold said. “John Bouavong, 31, from Murfreesboro, passed away Friday evening.”
Arnold said law enforcement officials have upgraded the crime against Bouavong from an aggravated assault to murder.
Noting that this is the first homicide of the year for the town of Smyrna, Arnold said detectives have worked “tirelessly for over a week attempting to identify suspects and witnesses” involved in the shooting.
“But, we cannot do our job without the help from the people we work for,” Arnold said, adding detectives are hoping someone from the public will come forward with information about the incident.
“We plead that anyone with any information on this crime please call the Police Department at 615-459-6644,” he said.
Bouavong, Tommy Nouanemany, a 25-year-old man from Nashville, and Antioch resident Banthavong Sesesena, 41, were shot following a dispute outside Souksavanh Thai Restaurant.
“At approximately 1:39 a.m., the Smyrna Police Department received a call from Souksavanh Restaurant, located at 1890 Almaville Road, there had been a shooting and several subjects were hurt,” Arnold said in a press release last week. “Found in the parking lot were three victims that were injured by gunshots.”
Bouavong was transported via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he remained in critical condition until his death.
Nouanemany remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt hospital as well, Arnold said.
He said Sesesena was transported via ambulance to StoneCrest Medical Center for injuries he sustained in the incident. Sesesena has since been released from the hospital and is expected to recover from his wounds.
Additional details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting have not yet been released.