HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WKRN) – The father of an 11-year-old girl has been charged with reckless homicide after the girl was shot and killed Monday afternoon near Nashville.
29-year-old Timothy Batts brought 11-year-old Timea Batts to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, saying she had been shot. She was later flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where she died less than two hours after arriving.
Police told News 2 late Monday night that evidence shows the shooting happened inside the girl’s home in the 100 block of Shady View Drive.
However, earlier in the day, a witness told officers the girl got off the school bus before 4 p.m. and went inside where she told her father she had been shot.
Sumner County Schools said the 11-year-old sixth grader was “a bright and kind girl who was well loved by her classmates and teachers.” Their statement continued:
It is our understanding from communicating with authorities that today’s tragic event in Hendersonville was not school related. The incident did not occur on the bus or at the bus stop. We have no reason to believe that there is any threat to student safety on any of our school campuses due to this tragic event.
Grief counselors will be available for students and staff at the school tomorrow.
The Knox Doss Middle School at Drakes Creek campus will be closed to media for the remainder of the week out of respect for our students, faculty and staff as they go through the grieving process.
Neighbors in the community are left shaken, and the scene left Nicole Carpenter wondering how something so horrible can happen just a few houses away.
“I’ve seen her before. She’s played, and she’s very sweet, very well-mannered, sweet girl,” she told News 2. “It’s hard.”
Carpenter says her children were coming home right before the shooting happened around 3 p.m.
“They are shocked,” the mother noted. Further details have yet to be released.
In addition to the reckless homicide charge, Batts faces charges for tampering with evidence, false reporting and felon in possession of a firearm.