Teen Charged in Shooting that Injured His Grandmother, Sister, & Nephew
March 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
The teen fled on foot, dropping the gun off at a nearby apartment where it was recovered by officers. He was captured a short time later in the 1500 block of Straightway Avenue near the railroad tracks.
Williams was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she is expected to recover. The two children are being treated at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
The teen, who attends Johnson Alternative Learning Center, refused to talk to Domestic Violence detectives. He is charged in Juvenile Court with four counts of attempted homicide and one count of reckless endangerment.