15-year-old boy dies after East Nashville shooting; Another teen charged

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police arrested a 19-year-old after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed inside an East Nashville apartment.

It happened Wednesday just before 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Place Apartments on Porter Road near Cahal Avenue.

The victim, identified as Jeremiah Shelton, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Jeremiah Shelton (Courtesy: Facebook)

Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford told News 2  at the scene officers questioned four teenagers, three boys and a girl, to determine exactly what happened.

Ultimately, Joshua Hockett, 19, was charged with criminal homicide in Jeremiah’s death. According to an arrest warrant, Hockett admitted to accidentally shooting the boy while the two were “play fighting.” He’s been held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

He also faces federal charges of three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Jeremiah was a ninth grader at Whites Creek High School, according to police. A GoFundMe was set up to help his family with final expenses. Click here to donate.

News 2 reached out to Metro Schools for comment. The district released a statement, which said they were notified of the tragic news late Wednesday night.

“He was a popular student in the ninth grade at Whites Creek and was admired by both staff and students,” a statement from the district says, adding, “The entire MNPS staff extends heartfelt sympathy to Jeremiah’s family and friends. Counselors will be on hand today at the school to support faculty, staff and students.”

“He was full of life and personality. This death of a Whites Creek High School family member hurts deeply. Without question, this is another life taken too soon,” said Dr. James Bailey, principal.

Joshua Hockett (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

He is the fifth person under the age of 19 killed so far in 2018.

Earl Jordan with Partners in the Struggle, a community group that aims to curb youth violence, said he is “beyond upset and sad,” calling the violence senseless.

“I am asking Mayor Megan Barry and Chief Steve Anderson, to UNITE right now to come up with an answer of WHERE our youths are getting these d*** guns from,” Jordan said in a press release.

The four other young people killed in Nashville so far this year are:

  1. Samaii Daniel, 5 – Shot and killed outside her home on Jan 12, 2018
  2. Sammarre Daniel, 8 – – Shot and killed outside her home on Jan 12, 2018
  3. Jose Gutierrez, 16 – shot inside of a car; dropped off at a hospital, where he died on Jan 16, 2018
  4. Thomas Howard, 15 – shot and killed outside his home on Jan 23, 2018

MORE: CrimeTracker: 2018 Nashville Homicide Map