NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Tennessee State University student has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of a fellow TSU student.
Police say 18-year-old George Wells, Jr. has been charged with reckless homicide for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Rickley Scott inside Watson Hall dormitory where the two students lived.
BREAKING: North Precinct detectives moments ago charged TSU student George Wells Jr., 18, with reckless homicide for Sunday's fatal shooting of fellow student Rickey Scott, 19, inside Watson Hall dormitory where both men lived. Scott died at Skyline Medical Ctr Sunday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/cuwkmYJqWy— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) October 17, 2019
Scott was transported from the dorm to Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center for what was initially believed to be a non-trauma related medical issue. Doctors then found the gunshot wound during the exam.
Scott was then transported to Tri-Star Skyline Medical Center where he died.
Detectives interviewed Wells Sunday, but circumstance surrounding the shooting were unclear. Police reviewed surveillance footage from the hallway and was able to identify Wells as the suspect and that he was in the room at the time of the incident. Detectives also received statements from several witnesses who were also in the dormitory building at the time of the shooting.
Police found several inconsistencies in Wells' initial story. During a second interview Wednesday, Wells admitted to bringing what he thought was a pellet gun onto campus, handling it inside Scott's dorm and pulling the trigger.
Wells also told detectives he knew the weapon had been fired and that Scott had been shot. Wells is being held in lieu of a $45,000 bond.
The gun has not been recovered.