Police charge teen in fatal shooting of 18-year-old relative in North Nashville

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Nashville police on Friday announced they charged a 17-year-old boy with criminal homicide after they said he fatally shot a relative in North Nashville.

The Metro Nashville Police Department reported Friday that Fernando Akins, 18, was shot Thursday night inside an apartment on West H. Davis Drive.

According to a preliminary investigation by detectives, Akins' teenage relative was handling a pistol when it discharged, striking Akins in the chest.

The Tennessean is not identifying the teen because he is a juvenile and is facing charges in juvenile court.

Akins was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died, police said.

Police responded to the shooting call at 6 p.m. and said they learned that after the shooting, the teen went to another relative's apartment nearby, told her what happened and returned with her to render aid.

Police said that, shortly after, the teen fled the home.

On Friday, police said, the boy surrendered to police and was charged with criminal homicide and unlawful gun possession.

This is a developing story.

Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville at The Tennessean and covers breaking news across the South for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at nalund@tennessean.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Police investigate fatal shooting of 18-year-old in North Nashville

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