A 16-year-old student at Hillwood High School is facing criminal homicide charges in the May 15 shooting outside the Sultan Cafe on Nolensville Road.
Kowan Choli Ahmad, 22, was fatally shot after a dispute at a private party inside the restaurant. The business owner ushered out the group of guests.
The 10th-grader on Wednesday admitted to detectives that he fired several shots into the crowd that had gathered outside the restaurant, police said.
Ahmad received a critical bullet wound to the neck. He died May 25.
The teen is charged at Juvenile Court and is being held pending a detention hearing.