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Teen didn’t want to get out of bed; allegedly shoots family

Posted at 12:48 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 12:48:33-05

It began as a scene most parents and adolescents have experienced: it’s time to get up for school, but the teenager resists leaving the comfort of bed.

For a family in Nashville, this fight escalated to a violent extreme.

Police on Tuesday arrested a 16-year-old boy for allegedly shooting his grandmother, his sister and a nephew over an argument about getting ready for school.

The teen, whose name was not released, became angry with his mother and grandmother after they told him to get out of bed and prepare for school, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said.

“He made threatening statements before retrieving a handgun from a closet,” the police statement said. “He fired multiple shots inside the apartment.”

The grandmother was struck by at least two bullets, and his sister, 12, and nephew, 6, suffered graze wounds, police said. None of the wounds are life-threatening.

According to police, the family had no idea that the teen had a gun inside the apartment.

The teen fled and dropped the gun, but police arrested him and recovered the weapon.

He is charged in juvenile court with four counts of attempted homicide and one count of reckless endangerment.