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Man Dies From Injuries After Fight With Brother

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Sep 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 13:20:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man has died after being critically injured last week when his half-brother allegedly shot him in the head. 

Officials with Metro police said 62-year-old George Baker Jr. was shot Friday night inside his Cahal Avenue residence.

He and his half-brother John Ross, who also lived in the residence, apparently had an argument. A witness told police Ross pulled out a gun and fired it.

Baker was struck in the head and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said he later died from his injuries.

Ross reportedly called officials and said he had shot his brother, but claimed the gun went off accidentally.

Police said Ross appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the shooting. His previous charge of attempted criminal homicide will be upgraded to homicide.

This latest incident brings Nashville's homicide rate to 43. Last year's total of 41 homicides was the lowest number since the Metro Nashville government was created in 1963. The all-time high murder total in Nashville was 112 in 1997.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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