HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF/AP) – As President Barack Obama's security detail prepared for his visit to a Nashville high school on Thursday, grief counselors went to the school to help students cope with the fatal shooting of a teen by a classmate.
The shooting came within an hour of the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, in which he renewed calls to curb gun violence.
Police said the shooting took place at an apartment when 17-year-old Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol. It discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face. An attorney for Robinson said the teenager did not know the gun was loaded.
It was unclear how the president would address the shooting in his Thursday afternoon speech at McGavock Comprehensive High School.
Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department charged Kaemon Robinson with criminal homicide in the death of Kevin Barbee.
Police said Robinson was playing with a pistol inside an apartment on Burning Tree Drive around 7 p.m. when it discharged, striking Barbee in the face.
Robinson fled the scene before police arrived. Barbee was taken to Summit Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
During the night, an attorney representing Robinson contacted police saying he wanted to surrender. Robinson and his mother met detectives at their apartment at the Burning Tree complex, which was separate from where the shooting occurred.
Robinson did not speak to police before he was booked.
Police have yet to recover the pistol used in the shooting. The police investigation was ongoing.
Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools said Barbee was a student at McGavock High School. They issued a statement Wednesday morning, saying "We are very saddened to learn about the death of a McGavock High School student last night. This young man's life was just getting started, and his passing is a great tragedy.
"A Metro Schools crisis team is at McGavock right now offering grief counseling to students who need it. Our thoughts are with the young man's family at home and his family at McGavock as they work through this very difficult time."
Robinson was taken into custody at 1:07 a.m. Wednesday and booked into the Juvenile Justice Center on charges of felony criminal homicide and possession of a handgun.
He was scheduled to appear before a judge in Juvenile Court Thursday at 2:30 p.m.