Teen killed, uncle injured in Tullahoma shooting - WKRN News 2

Teen killed, uncle injured in Tullahoma shooting

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2013 06:20 PM CDT
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -

A teenager was a killed and his uncle injured in a double shooting Tuesday night in Tullahoma.

The shooting, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. at a duplex located in the 500 block of West Grundy Street, stemmed from a dispute between neighbors.

Austin Ferrell, 17, was shot and pronounced dead upon arrival to Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma.

His uncle, 38-year-old George Taylor, was also shot and taken to Harton Regional Medical Center. He was later airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was last listed in stable condition.

Taylor's mother was also in the home but not injured.

Authorities say the family was involved in a dispute with their neighbor, 73-year-old Nicholas Dipietrantonio, and Ferrell slammed Dipietrantonio's front door, causing the glass to shatter.

Dipietrantonio told investigators after he heard the glass shatter he fired two shots from inside his home.

One bullet struck Ferrell and the other struck Taylor.

Police said Dipietrantonio was taken into custody, questioned and released.  His 50-year-old girlfriend, known only as Debra at this time, was also taken in custody for questioning.

Nashville's News 2 tried to get a comment from Dipietrantonio when he returned to his home Wednesday morning.  He declined.

His girlfriend, Debra, however, said the shooting was terrible and she was sorry for the pain Ferrell's family is going through.

"I love his grandmother and it's a terrible thing," she said. "I probably lost a good friend over it."

Authorities are trying to determine the motive behind Dipietrantonio's actions. No charges have been filed.

Neighbors who witnessed the shooting are outraged that Dipietrantonio has not been charged.

"They say self-defense but I don't see how its self-defense when you are four or five feet from the front door," John Tucker said.

Candi Stamper lives next door to the duplex. She said Ferrell was a loving teen who was in the process of finishing high school.

He had planned to spend the night at her home and went to the duplex next door to get dog food for his dog Coco.

That is when he was shot.

"I [saw] the smoke and everything come out of the barrel of the gun," she said. "He died in my boyfriend's arms."

She continued, "I'll never get that picture out of my head."

Authorities said they planned to meet with the district attorney to further discuss the case to decide if charges would be filed.

Tullahoma school officials said Ferrell was a senior at Tullahoma High School in good standing. He was on track to graduate this year.

Neighbors said he had recently moved into the duplex.

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