Mt. Juliet teen recalls moment he was shot as friends played with gun

Edward Tillman (Photo: WKRN)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 16-year-old boy was shot Tuesday afternoon while two other teens were playing with a gun.

Deputies were called to Davis Corner Road near Burton Road shortly after 1 p.m. where the teen was found with a bullet wound to his neck.

He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and released a few hours later.

News 2 caught up with the teen, Edward Tillman, who can’t believe his luck.

Edward Tillman (Photo: WKRN)
Edward Tillman (Photo: WKRN)

“I woke up and was like, ‘I just got shot,’” said Edward. “I was not a fan. I was like, ‘I just got shot.’ I’m 16. I shouldn’t be getting shot. My dad’s 40 and he hasn’t been shot yet. I’m 16 and have a scar for the rest of my life.”

Edward explained the gun was brought over by his friends, and this incident has made him realize the importance of gun safety.

“It was almost catastrophic. I could’ve died easily, and I wouldn’t be here today,” he said. “I can’t stress enough that kids need to be safe with guns. It’s just, they’re dangerous. They really are.”

The investigation is being handled by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say charges in the case are possible.