Son turns himself in after father shot north of downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The son who shot his 69-year-old father at their home north of downtown Nashville Tuesday morning and then fled the scene has turned himself in, Metro police said.

William Corlew Jr.
William Corlew Jr. is charged with aggravated assault.

The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. at the family’s home in the 700 block of Vanderhorst Drive off Moormans Arm Road between Buena Vista and Whites Creek pikes.

Metro police said 51-year-old William “Billy” Corlew Jr. shot his father, William Corlew Sr., several times in the upper body. He was hit in the chest, arm and neck.

William Corlew was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in serious condition. He was later listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.

His son fled the scene following the shooting but turned himself in around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Department spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said Billy Corlew has an extensive police history including assault, drug possession and driving under the influence charges.

Police said after the shooting, William Corlew was able to call a relative who called 911. He told the relative it was his son who shot him.

The motive remains under investigation. Billy Corlew said he fired shots at his father during an argument.

Police said there was no history of violence between the father and son.

Billy Corlew will be charged with aggravated assault.

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