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DCS Investigating After Teen Accused In Shooting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Department of Children's Services is reviewing its actions after a 17-year-old boy the agency was supervising gunned down a fellow high school student.

Eric Goodner was released from the DCS's Woodland Hills Development Center for delinquent youth in December.

He was required to have regular monthly phone calls and visits with a caseworker, but at the time of the April 11 shooting no one at the agency had been able to make contact with him for nearly two months.

Interim DCS commissioner Jim Henry said he believes the agency acted appropriately but is assessing its actions. Henry said there was little in the teen's past to suggest he was capable of killing someone.

Goodner is in juvenile detention awaiting a June 28 hearing. He is undergoing a mental evaluation, and could be charged as an adult.

Police said Goodner shot and killed 17-year-old Johnathan Jackson as he was walking to the bus stop from his home on 10th Avenue North. Witnesses told police the shooter, later identified as Goodner, was sitting on steps leading to a vacant lot, then walked up to Johnson, shot him and then left on foot.

Goodner was arrested on May 1 at an apartment on Oak Valley Drive in East Nashville. Police arrested Goodner's cousin and his cousin's girlfriend for harboring him while he was on the run.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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