Vigil held for victim of accidental shooting


Saturday night was an emotional evening for family and friends of 20-year-old Tyler Payne.

He was the victim of an accidental shooting in South Nashville. A candlelight vigil took place Saturday evening at Glencliff High School where Payne graduated in 2015.

According to police, 20-year-old Dedrick Wade told detectives he and his friends were inside a home in the 2000 block of South Lyle Lane when he began handling a gun he thought was unloaded.

Wade pulled the trigger and the weapon fired, hitting Payne in the head.

According to the Safe Tennessee Project, Tennessee is 12th in the nation for death by firearm

The state also ranks fourth in the nation for unintentional shootings of children. In 2015, there were at least 51 unintentional shootings in Tennessee. Last year it jumped up to 81, including 15 deaths.

Police say Wade cooperated with detectives. The shooting remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

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Edward Burch joined News4 at a reporter in December 2016.

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