Police: Teen shoots, kills 14-year-old while handling gun

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A teenager was arrested and charged with criminal homicide Saturday after police say he shot and killed another teen while playing with a gun.

According to Metro police, Zachary Able and Clayton Gangji were inside an SUV with two other teenagers around 6 a.m. Saturday morning near Hadley Avenue and Old Hickory Boulevard in Old Hickory.

Police say Able, 19, was handling a pistol when it discharged. A bullet went through his hand into Gangji’s body.

Both were transported to TriStar Summit Medical Center where 14-year-old Gangji died a short time later. Able was treated for the injury to his hand and released.

Authorities say Able reportedly told Metro police the shooting occurred during a robbery, but authorities say further investigation showed he lied.

During a subsequent interview, Metro police say Able acknowledged  he was holding the pistol when it fired.

Detectives believe the teenagers had been up all night before the tragic incident. The investigation is continuing into their activities.