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Questions remain after country musician shot, killed at bar

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Friends of a popular country singer still have a lot of questions about how he ended up shot dead inside a Nashville bar.

Wayne Mills died early Saturday after an apparent after-hours dispute at Pit and Barrel, which is located on Second Avenue South.

The bar owner claims the shooting was in self-defense, but those who knew Mills best find that hard to believe.

"He loved God. He loved country music," said country musician T.G. Sheppard.

In an instant, fellow musicians like Sheppard went from pulling for Mills' career to pulling for his life.

"Just shocked us all so much," Sheppard said.

Police say Mills was inside the bar with a few friends and acquaintances after Friday night's tribute concert to George Jones ended at Bridgestone Arena.

Friends say there was an argument involving smoking, and police say the bar's owner, Chris Ferrell, pulled the trigger.

"Wayne's not the kind that's going to be involved in a bar fight," said friend Melinda Harlan.

Ferrell is a licensed gun carrier and is not facing any charges as the investigation continues.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Donations are being accepted for the Wayne Mills Family Fund at any First Bank location.

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