During an early morning argument over getting out of bed for school, a teenager in Nashville got so angry at his grandmother that he allegedly opened fire.
The 16-year-old boy, who remains unnamed, shot blindly at his family members, including his grandmother, sister and nephew, in his East Nashville home, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department reported.
The teen was sleeping when his mother and grandmother woke him, telling him he needed to get up and get ready for school at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
"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 9 mm handgun and started firing," Nashville police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said.
“He made threatening statements before retrieving a handgun from a closet,” the police statement added. “He fired multiple shots inside the apartment.”
His 67-year-old grandmother was shot twice, and his sister, 12, and nephew, 6, suffered graze wounds. None of the wounds are life-threatening.
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When fleeing, he also tried to shoot his mother in the living room, but she ducked behind a couch and dodged the bullet. The boy’s 2-year-old sister was also at home but fortunately was uninjured. The police say that his family had no idea that he had a gun hidden inside the house.
The teen then fled his home and the gun was recovered from a nearby apartment. Six schools in the vicinity were locked down during the search for the teen, who was arrested from rail road tracks by the police.
The teenager attends Johnson Alternative Learning Center, and refused to talk with domestic violence detectives, according to authorities. He is charged in juvenile court with four counts of attempted homicide and one count of reckless endangerment.
His grandmother and the other two children are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and are expected to recover soon.