Charges have been made against two brothers, one 15, the other 16, in connection to a shooting inside the men’s restroom of the Nashville Public Library’s Bordeaux Branch on Clarksville Pike on August 10.
The 16-year-old was shot in the foot during this incident. Detectives now believe he shot himself, in addition to shooting a 14-year-old in the groin. The brothers are being charged with attempted criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and unlawful gun possession.
The investigation to this point shows that the three individuals live in the same neighborhood and have been engaged in an on-going dispute. It is believed that the brothers followed the 14-year-old from a distance this afternoon as he and another teen, a 15-year-old, walked toward the library and entered. The 15-year-old is being charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide for allegedly acting in concert with the brothers.
Shortly after the brothers and the 14-year-old walked into the restroom, multiple shots were fired. The 16-year-old with the foot wound ran to nearby Kingview Drive where he was treated and transported to Skyline Medical Center. The 14-year-old with the groin wound remained in the restroom and was assisted by a library staff member until paramedics arrived and transported him to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He is expected to fully recover.
A semi-automatic pistol was recovered from the 14-year-old’s clothing. It appears he fired at least one shot. An initial check of the gun did not show it to be stolen. The gun is now being traced by federal authorities to determine the last registered owner. Potential charges against the 14-year-old will be discussed with the District Attorney’s Office.
All of the gunfire was confined to the restroom. No one other than the three teens was in the restroom at the time.