A 15-year-old Clarksville boy has died after he was shot in the head Wednesday morning, and his 23-year-old brother is now charged in his death.
"We know that there were several people inside the house, and at some point Brian Smith pointed the gun at his brother's head and pulled the trigger," said Clarksville police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll.
Smith, police said, was the one who called 911 at 5:08 a.m. to report the shooting on Vista Lane.
However, they said he initially made up a story about two men he had seen running away from the house. Police later determined that story was false.
When officers arrived, they found the teen shot inside the residence. The victim was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in extremely critical condition.
He was pronounced dead around 7 p.m.
So far, a motive in the shooting is unknown.
"We have an active investigation going on right now, this is probably going to lead to some other things," Knoll said.
Neighbors say the brothers had moved to Clarksville from Arkansas to get away from trouble there. They also said the younger brother, Demarcus Smith, is always a polite and shy kid.
"I can't believe it was the brother that did it. He was taking care of the little brother because the mom was in a different state," said neighbor Becky Bowman.
Police recovered several guns both inside and outside the house, and neighbors said they heard commotion in the apartment before the shooting.
Brian Smith, who police said later admitted to shooting his brother and telling somebody to get rid of the gun, has a prior record that involves aggravated assault.
He is charged with criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence and he was jailed on $300,000 bond.
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