Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three Gun Incidents, Two Involving Minors, in Nashville Yesterday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM

We don't note every gun incident in Nashville, but yesterday was unusual, as three unrelated incidents involving guns occurred Tuesday, with two of them involving underage kids.

* Early yesterday evening, Metro police announced that no charges would be filed against a 7-year-old boy who brought his mother's trigger-locked .22 caliber pistol with him to Inglewood Elementary School. Police say the student showed the gun to a classmate who then reported it to a member of the school's faculty. Here's the rest of the release from police:

The 1st grader put the gun into his backpack at home without his mother’s knowledge. The trigger lock safety device was intact when the gun was recovered at the school this afternoon.

Given the student’s very young age, he was allowed to go home in the company of his mother, who was clearly angered by what he had done.

* Later Tuesday night, in Hermitage, 15-year-old Kevin Barbee was fatally shot by a friend, 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson. Witnesses told police Robinson was playing with a pistol when it discharged and struck Barbee. Robinson was charged Wednesday morning with criminal homicide.

More from the police department release:

Witnesses reported that Robinson was playing with a pistol when it discharged, striking Barbee in the face. Robinson fled the apartment prior to police arrival. Barbee was rushed to Summit Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An attorney representing Robinson contacted police during the night saying that Robinson wanted to surrender. Robinson and his mother met detectives at their apartment in the Burning Tree complex, which is separate from the shooting scene. Robinson declined to give a statement prior to booking. The pistol used has not yet been recovered.

The investigation is continuing.

* Later still Tuesday night, police responded to a shooting on the campus of Tennessee State University. One person was hospitalized, and an investigation is ongoing.

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