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Teen charged in fatal shooting of McGavock High School student

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Kaemon Robinson, 17, is charged with criminal homicide. Kaemon Robinson, 17, is charged with criminal homicide.
Kevin Barbee, 15, was shot in the face and died. (Courtesy: James Glass, Jr.) Kevin Barbee, 15, was shot in the face and died. (Courtesy: James Glass, Jr.)

A 17-year-old sophomore at McGavock High School in Nashville is charged with criminal homicide for the fatal shooting of a fellow student at an apartment complex in Hermitage Tuesday evening.  

Police said Kaemon Robinson was playing with a pistol inside the Burning Tree Apartments around 7 p.m. when it discharged, striking 15-year-old Kevin Barbee in the face.  Barbee, also a sophomore at McGavock, was rushed to Summit Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  

Robinson, who police say was a friend of Barbee's, fled the apartment before police arrived.  

According to police, his attorney, Kyle Mothershead, contacted authorities overnight saying that Robinson wished to surrender.

The teen and his mother then met detectives inside their apartment at the Burning Tree complex, a different location than where the shooting occurred.  Robinson reportedly declined to give a statement upon his arrest.  

The pistol used in the shooting has yet to be recovered.  

News 2 spoke with James Glass Jr. who was friends with both Barbee and Robinson.

"We don't know if it's his [gun] or if he borrowed it from somebody. He just pulled it out and that's when I heard the bang."

Glass told News 2 he and the two McGavock students were hanging out in his bedroom when the deadly shooting occurred.  

He said he did not see the two interacting with the gun because he was playing a video game and listening to music, however he did hear the gun shot.

"When I seen him hit the ground, I already knew what happened," Glass recalled.

Glass, who tried to administer CPR on his dying friend, said the shooting was accidental, but feels Robinson made a mistake when left the scene.

"He should have just stayed, but now he got himself in a worse situation by running away," said Glass.

Glass' father, James Glass, Sr., was not at the apartment at the time of the shooting.  

He told Nashville's News 2 his son is cooperating with police and that he hopes others will learn from the tragic incident.  

"When you play with guns these are the consequences from playing with guns," said James Glass Sr.

Robinson's attorney released a statement regarding the incident involving his client saying, "This was a terrible accident.  The gun was not Kaemon's and he believed that it was not loaded.  He never meant to fire it.  He considered Kevin a friend and he did not mean to hurt him.  Kaemon deeply regrets this tragedy and expresses his utmost sorrow to Kevin's family."

Many students at McGavock High School took their thoughts and prayers to Twitter overnight, remembering Barbee as having a good sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh.  

Robbin Wall, the principal of McGavock, said the Metro Schools Crisis Team was on campus Wednesday to support and help students and staff.  

Metro Schools spokesperson, Joe Bass, added, "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."

Robinson is scheduled for a detention hearing Friday at 2:30 p.m.

The shooting remains under investigation.

President Barack Obama will be in Nashville Thursday to speak at McGavock High School.

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