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Local Musician Fatally Shot Outside Nashville Bar

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A local musician who was shot outside of a bar in downtown Nashville has died.

Officials with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said 44-year-old Jerald Wayne Mills died Saturday from injuries he sustained after a shooting. The incident occurred outside the Pit and Barrel Bar, located at 515 2nd Avenue South just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

J.R. Smith, manager of The Wayne Mills Band, confirmed the musician's death.

Investigators said the shooting was a result of an altercation between Mills and the owner of the bar, Chris Ferrell. They said the two were inside the bar and a struggle ensued after Mills reportedly lit a cigarette in the non-smoking section. According to police, witnesses outside the bar heard gunshots and contacted authorities.

Police said Ferrell claims he shot the victim in self-defense. They said he had a valid handgun carry permit.

Mills was a native of Alabama who once played football for the University of Alabama. He was well known in the country music scene, having worked with artists like Blake Shelton and Jamey Johnson.

Detectives said the shooting continues to be under investigation.

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