Kids, ages 11 and 12, accused of shooting spree in downtown Nashville with stolen BB gun

Broadway in downtown Nashville. Photo Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Central Precinct detectives have charged two minors, ages 11 and 12, with aggravated assault for shooting two persons with a BB gun downtown Sunday night. One victim, a 58-year-old homeless man, was struck in the eye by a BB round; the other, a 35-year-old Nashville man, was hit in the chest. The man with the eye wound required treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Detectives received information that the two juveniles shoplifted the BB pistol from a West Nashville sporting goods store and shoplifted the BBs from another retailer. They reportedly shot at several windows of a downtown office building, and at the window of an MTA bus. The 58-year-old victim was hit while under the pedestrian bridge on 2nd Avenue South. The 35-year-old victim was hit as he called 911.

After shooting the two men, the juveniles ran toward East Nashville on the bridge. They were apprehended near Nissan Stadium. The 12-year-old claims he tossed the BB pistol into the Cumberland River.

The 11-year-old charged in Sunday night’s aggravated assault was arrested for robbery on Friday evening. He and a 13-year-old are accused of robbing a 49-year-old woman as she was driving near Academy Place and Lindsley Avenue downtown. She said the two were among the juveniles who ripped her car door open, punched her in the face, and stole her belongings, including her cell phone and debit card. Both were charged with robbery at juvenile detention Friday night after admitting their involvement in the case.