19-year-old charged in teen's shooting death in East Nashville, claims it was accidental

(Metro Police/FOX 17 News)

A 19 year old has been booked into jail after Metro Police said he fatally shot a 15-year-old in East Nashville Wednesday night.

Joshua Hockett is charged with the criminal homicide of Jeremiah Shelton at Berkshire Place Apartments on Porter Road.

Hockett claimed the shooting was accidental and he and several others were "play-fighting" when the gun fired and struck Shelton. Shleton later died at the hospital.

Shelton was a freshman at Whites Creek High School.

MNPS was notified with very sad news last night that one of its students at Whites Creek High School was killed. He was a popular student in the ninth grade at Whites Creek and was admired by both staff and students. “He was full of life and personality. This death of a Whites Creek High School Family member hurts deeply. Without question, this is another life taken too soon,” said Dr. James Bailey, principal, Whites Creek H.S. The entire MNPS staff extends heartfelt sympathy to Jeremiah’s family and friends. Counselors will be on hand today at the school to support faculty, staff and students. - Metro Schools

Police said officers interviewed four teens, three boys and one girl, about the moments leading to the deadly shooting.

A black revolver matching the description given by the interviewees was found in a closet of the apartment and collected. Police said an additional gun was also found on the scene.

Meanwhile, Partners In The Struggle Inc. is holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to address the rash of youth-gun violence in Nashville. It's being held at noon at the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

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