An 11-year-old girl was shot and killed Monday afternoon in Hendersonville, and police are investigating it as a homicide.
According to Hendersonville police, a witness reported the girl got off the school bus on Shady View Drive and went inside her home where she told her father she had been shot.
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The father took the child to nearby TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center before she was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
She died less than two hours later. Neighbors in the community are left shaken.
Now, police say they determined Timea Batts was shot inside the home. The child had just returned home from her first day of school when the shooting occurred. It isn’t immediately clear if Timothy Batts has an attorney.
Timothy Batts, 29, was arrested by police when officials determined the gunshot occurred in the home. An arrest affidavit revealed that Timothy admitted that he was asleep before Timea arrived home. He was then awoken by a sound, retrieved a gun from under his dresser, and fired a shot at Timea Batts “when she yelled and scared him.”
The affidavit also claimed that Batts removed the gun from the scene and he told officials that the weapon is now in Nashville.
After the shooting, Batts drove Timea to Henderson Medical Center. She was eventually transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries.
“The child came in home from school. He was at the home and he shot the child,” said Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn with Hendersonville Police. “There was no evidence that was his plan. It wasn’t premeditated.”
Batts now faces charges of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and possessing a firearm as a felon. He was booked into the Sumner County Jail after midnight Monday on $1 million bond.
Batts is set to appear in Sumner County General Session Court on Aug. 24. It should also be noted that he was already wanted by Metro Police on attempted homicide charges involving a 2012 car-to-car shooting.