A 16-year-old teenager from Nashville, Tennessee, was so upset at being woken up from his sleep that he allegedly shot several of his family members in a fit of rage. According to Russia Today, this shocking incident happened on Tuesday morning at around 7:17 a.m., local time.
The report adds that the teen, whose name has not been released by authorities, was angry at his family members because they forced him to get out of bed and go to school. Once he was out of bed, he allegedly ran into a closet and got a 9mm gun and started firing. The shooting ended up in his grandmother, his 12-year-old sister, and his 6-year-old nephew being injured and hospitalized. The teenager also allegedly aimed the gun at his own mother, but she escaped unharmed. The 42-year-old mom, identified as Sheryl Williams, reportedly hid behind a couch and saved herself.
According to Kris Mumford, spokesperson for the Nashville Police Department,
“There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran to a closet, got a 9mm handgun and started firing.”
Minutes after the shooting, police officers responded to the scene and emergency services were called in to tend to the injured. The shooting resulted in the lockdown of six schools in the area. This has been confirmed by Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass.
The boy was later taken in police custody. The name of his grandmother was later released. She has been identified as 67-year-old Earline Hill. She was reportedly shot twice. According to Kris Mumford, everyone injured in the shooting received non-life threatening injuries and are recovering.
“Fortunately these were non-life-threatening injuries. These are disturbing actions as the community as a whole is addressing youth violence. It’s going to take all of us working together to try and dissuade people from using this kind of violence,” she added.
An official press release by the Nashville government describing the incident reads,
“A 16-year-old is accused of shooting his grandmother, 12-year-old sister, and 6-year-old nephew after an argument this morning inside the family’s apartment at 1500 Porter Road. The teen’s grandmother, Earline Hill, 67, and mother, Sheryl Williams, 42, reported that he got angry with them after they told him to get out of bed and get ready for school. He made threatening statements before retrieving a handgun from a closet. He fired multiple shots inside the apartment. His grandmother was struck at least twice; his nephew and sister suffered graze wounds. His mother was not injured. The teen’s 2-year-old sister was also present but not injured. The family was unaware that the 16-year-old had a gun in the home.”
Authorities have confirmed that the grandmother is being treated at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The two children were later found to have only suffered grazing wounds and are recovering at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
After the shooting incident, the teen went out of his home on foot and allegedly threw the gun inside a nearby apartment. The police have managed to recover the weapon from the apartment. The teen was captured a few minutes later after he was walking near a set of railroad tracks. Even after he was arrested, the teen remained indignant and refused to talk to domestic violence detectives. Meanwhile, the family members of the teen are still clueless about where he got the gun from.
According to authorities, the teen has been charged with four counts of attempted homicide and one count of reckless endangerment and has been indicted in a juvenile court. The teen has a past misdemeanor arrest history as well, authorities revealed. He was a student at Johnson Alternative Learning Center.
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