TSU student charged in shooting death of fellow student

Posted at 10:35 PM, Oct 16, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Police charged an 18-year-old in the shooting of 19-year-old Tennessee State University student Rickey Scott.

Family and friends search for answers in deadly shooting of TSU freshman

George Wells Jr., also a TSU student, was charged with reckless homicide Wednesday night.

According to Wells' arrest report, he was identified as a suspect in the shooting thanks to surveillance cameras in the Watson dormitory.

Police said when Wells came in for questioning on Sunday, he admitted to bringing "what he believed to be a pellet gun" to campus with him on Sunday. He and Scott were in a dorm room when the gun fired at Scott, police said.

Scott was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Wells was booked into the Davidson County Jail on $45,000 bond. He is due in court on Friday morning.

TSU officials released a statement following the arrest:

"The Tennessee State University family is continuing to mourn the loss of student Rickey Scott, a 19-year-old engineering major from Ohio who authorities say died from a gunshot wound on Oct. 13. The university has learned from law enforcement that another student was reportedly involved.
According to Metro North Precinct detectives, the 18-year old male confessed to accidentally shooting Scott with what he believed to be a pellet gun in Scott's dorm room.
This past Monday evening TSU held a vigil for Scott , organized by SGA leaders and his freshman class. His parents and other family members attended the event.
TSU officials say safety remains a top priority at the university and have implemented a safety enhancement plan in anticipation of increased traffic for Homecoming this week. The university has done this for the past few years.
Administrators have asked all students to exercise caution while attending activities and events, especially those off campus."