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ONLY ON FOX: Columbia Man Shares The Horror of Accidentally Shooting and Killing His Friend--Mikayla Lewis

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COLUMBIA, Tenn.--A night turned tragic for a group of friends when a gun was accidentally fired. James Tyler Wisdom was fatally shot by his friend Ryan Frederick early this morning. Frederick sat down exclusively Fox 17 tonight to share his emotional story, just hours after the tragedy.


Ryan Frederick said, "He was extremely reliable, you could call him and he would be there in a heartbeat."

24-year-old, Ryan Frederick grew close to his friend James Tyler Wisdom (affectionately called Tyler) through the last two years. Frederick still cannot believe his friend is gone.

Ryan Frederick explained," You can't prepare yourself for something like this...you cant."

Frederick and 19-year-old, Wisdom were hanging out with friends at Frederick's house on the 2200 block of Union Place. Ryan Frederick says he was upstairs in the house, simply showing another friend his brand new pistol, when the gun accidentally fired. The bullet went through the floor and hit Tyler Wisdom in the kitchen.


Ryan Frederick added, "It was an accident, but it shouldn't have happened and I sure am going to miss him."

Frederick couldn't hold back the tears describing the accident.

Columbia Police responded to the home around 1:00 this morning. Tyler Wisdom died later at the hospital.


Columbia Police Lt. Joey Gideon said, "Everything from our initial investigation it appears that it was a tragic accident. Our hearts and condolences go out to friends and family."

Police say there are currently no charges filed and unintentional firearm deaths can happen to anyone, but Frederick says that does not make things any easier.

Friends of Wisdom and Frederick gathered back at the home tonight, to comfort one another and remember the man they all loved. Friends say wisdom was loyal, loved to go to the gym and hunt.

Friend, Abby Winchester said, " We're going to be here for Ryan, and we're going to be here for each other, and for Tyler's family to try to get through this together."

Ryan Frederick said, " There is no way you could fathom the amount of pain, and heartache in losing a friend like him."

Frederick does have a gun permit, and served seven years in the Army Reserve. Columbia Police say the investigation is continuing.

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