12-year-old girl charged in fatal shooting of 16-year-old in Madison

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MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 12-year old girl was charged with criminal homicide for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old early Sunday morning in a Madison apartment.

It happened in the Falcon View complex at 201 East Palestine Avenue around 3:25 a.m.

Metro police said officers arrived to find several juvenile girls at the apartment, which is rented by the 12-year-old’s grandmother.

The group of girls left the apartment without the grandmother knowing, went to a nearby parking lot and began pulling on car door handles, according to police.

The girls reportedly took a loaded semi-automatic pistol from an unlocked vehicle.

They brought the gun back to the apartment, which is where the 12-year-old is alleged to hand been handling it and pointing it at other girls when it discharged, fatally wounding Brentrice Wilson.

Brentrice, a Maplewood High School student, was pronounced dead at the scene.

After consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, the 12-year-old is being charged at Juvenile Court with criminal homicide. Her identity was not released.

The investigation is ongoing.

In a statement, Metro Nashville Public Schools said, “MNPS is saddened to learn about the tragic death of a 16-year-old Maplewood High School student. This is a heartbreaking event for all of us here at Metro-Nashville Public Schools, especially the staff and students at Maplewood. The district is providing grief counselors to support faculty on Tuesday and students on Wednesday when they return to school. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of this student.”