Shooting That Critically Injured Teen Deemed Accidental

Shooting That Critically Injured Teen Deemed Accidental

CREATED Mar 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A shooting that left a teenager critically injured Monday night has been classified as accidental by police.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 18-year-old William Blackwell, of Eastland Avenue, was shot just before 7 p.m. inside a home in the 200 block of Woodridge Drive.

Police said he was visiting the home along with 18-year-old Robert Goodner, of Williams Avenue. 

Goodner and two residents were at the home told police that Blackwell was handling Goodner's .25 caliber pistol when Goodner pointed out the safety was off and asked for it back.

Goodner told police he mishandled the weapon after he got it back, and it discharged. Blackwell was struck in the neck. 

Officers Brandon Evans and Tina Wiggs performed CPR on Blackwell to stabilize him before he was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was said to be in critical condition.

Police said statements from everyone who was at the home were consistent with the shooting being accidental. No charges were placed.