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Teen, peeved at getting up for school, shoots family

Teen, peeved at getting up for school, shoots family

NASHVILLE — An argument about getting out of bed led a teenage boy to open fire Tuesday on three family members, including his grandmother and two young children, police said.

Officers responded at 7:17 a.m. CT to a report of an active shooting and shut down several roads in the area.

"There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran to a closet, got a 9 mm handgun and started firing," said Kris Mumford, Nashville police spokeswoman.

Bullets struck the teen's 67-year-old grandmother twice. His 12-year-old sister and 6-year-old nephew were struck at least once each; the teen's nephew is his older sister’s son, Mumford said.

The teen's grandmother was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she is expected to recover. The two children were being treated at Vanderbilt's children's hospital, and no one else was injured.

But the teen, whose name was not released, also attempted to shoot his 42-year-old mother in the living room. Mumford said the woman ducked behind a couch to avoid being hit, and the boy's 2-year-old sister was not shot at.

The teen then fled and tossed the gun at a nearby apartment, the police spokeswoman said. Several nearby schools, including one polling place in the Super Tuesday primaries, were placed on lockdown as police searched for the teen.

Police eventually recovered the handgun and captured the teen walking near railroad tracks in the area. He was charged in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Juvenile Court with four counts of attempted homicide and one count of reckless endangerment.

The teen's family members told officers they were not aware the firearm was in a closet, Mumford said. Investigators plan to test the gun to track where it came from.

“Fortunately these were non life-threatening injuries," Mumford said. "These are disturbing actions as the community as a whole is addressing youth violence. It’s going to take all of us working together to try and dissuade people from using this kind of violence."

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Dang man, I was kinda grumpy in the mornings at that age, but wow.
 

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Dude will forever have the undefeated one-upper story about not being a morning person.
 

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New song on the way, "I don't like Tuesdays". Been 30 odd years, about time for another one.
 

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I'm not a morning person either but I don't go shooting folks every time I got to wake up early. Dude obviously had issues to go along with his stupidity.
 

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If i was not up by the second knock i got no breakfast. 3rd knock i got dragged.
You got a "second knock" must have been nice. We got a yell up the stairs, god forbid you got to the point where you heard foot steps coming up the stairs!
 

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My dad whispered my name and I was out of bed.
I knew better, my kids wake right up.
I used dad's Technic, works like a charm only once or twice. :grinpimp:
Used his Technic? Is that some sort of lego set?

And also I'm sure anyone would sit upright in bed wide-eyed with some creepy dude whispering their name...
 

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I had an alarm clock, and a mom with a spray bottle if that didn't work. It only takes a few face fulls of ice water in the morning to make you pay attention to the alarm clock. :laughing:
 

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You got a "second knock" must have been nice. We got a yell up the stairs, god forbid you got to the point where you heard foot steps coming up the stairs!
Yup. Because if mom was on the stairs you could not get past her without a backhand hahaha
 
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