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"I heard some tires squealing and I thought it was unusual for 4:30am," says McKinney.
Fire trucks, ambulances, and police surrounded an apartment on Vista Lane.
"Generally this is a very nice area," says McKinney.
"When they got here he was inside of the house," says Clarksville Police Officer Jim Knoll.
Police say a 15 year old boy had been shot in the head, and although he was conscious, he was in critical condition. The teen was airlifted to Vanderbilt as police began their investigation.
"We do have information to believe that there is no danger to the community," says Officer Knoll.
Investigators soon turned their attention to the teenager's older brother. Police say 23 year old Brian Smith initially tried to mislead them, saying he was walking outside when he heard the gunshot. Detectives now believe Smith and several other people were inside the apartment. Police claim Smith pointed the gun at his brother's head and pulled the trigger. Neighbors say it's surprising, since a police station is very close by.
"It's very scary to think you can live on top of a police precinct and something like this can happen so close to you, but you never know," says McKinney.
No one brother has died, as another sits in jail. Police had charged Brian Smith with Reckless Endangerment and Tampering with Evidence. We're told he's now been served with a warrant for Criminal Homicide.
Thursday, November 22 2012, 03:00 AM CST
Pediatrician says DCS challenges medical opinions
May 20, 2013 19:33 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Spring Hill pediatrician says she has some sympathy as the Tennessee Department of Children's Services tries to sort through claims about children's welfare.
Dr. Shontae Buffington serves as the fellow-at-large representing Middle Tennessee for the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
But Buffington also told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/10PY0YX ) she is irritated that DCS caseworkers without apparent medical expertise sometimes challenged her medical opinions. Buffington said it isn't unusual for a pediatrician to see two or three cases that could be medical maltreatment in a year's time.
The newspaper cited a case in which the department said medical professionals' belief that an East Tennessee infant with heart problems wasn't being properly cared for were unfounded. Six days later, the baby died.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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