ONLY ON FOX: Misidentified shooting victim dies, Manager talks to Fox 17--Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Sunday, November 24 2013, 11:50 AM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Nolensville country singer was shot and lying in the hospital for nearly 10 hours, with no family or friends by his side. No one was by Jerald Wayne Mills side because police did not identify him correctly.
Metro Police confirm that Mills died tonight from his injuries sustained in Saturday's shooting.
Jerald Wayne Mills, affectionately called "Wayne," worked for decades trying to make his mark in country music. He toured with the Wayne Miller Band and performed with Jamey Johnson and Taylor Hicks.
Everything came to a halt, though, Saturday around 5 A.M.
JR Smith, Mills's manager said, " I'm still just trying to wrap this around my head and trying to understand why anyone would want to shoot Wayne Mills."
Metro Police say that 44-year-old Wayne Mills was shot by the owner of Pit and Barrel bar at 515 2nd Avenue South. Police say that Mills and owner, Chris Ferrell got into a fight over Mills smoking in the bar.
Police say the preliminary investigation indicates that other people were inside the bar, but went outside during the altercation and then heard gunshots.
According to police, Ferrell claims he shot Mills out of self-defense.
JR Smith explained, " Very shocking. It's up to the police to decide in their investigation. Personally, honestly I don't see anybody ever having to take self defense measures and shooting Wayne in the head."
Mills was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in very critical condition. His manager, wife and son had no idea. Metro Police identified Mills as Clayton Mills, a songwriter.
Police say the mis-identification came from two witness statements. Fox 17 spoke with Kristin Mumford with Metro Police. Mumford says "it was a terrible mistake... and there is no excuse". Police are looking into the identification mishap further. Mumford says that Mills did have I.D. on him.
Around 2 P.M., Mills's family was notified. His manager in South Carolina, found out a few minutes later, from Fox 17.
Smith explained, "I mean I am the first person who is contacted when something happens with Wayne or there's a problem... and then I had to be contacted by you. They said it was one guy shot and then they said it was another guy whose been shot. I don't like that at all."
Earlier today, Clay Mills posted several social media messages on the
mistake. He also sent out his condolences to those close to Wayne Mills.
Smith said, " Misidentifying was a big thing, especially for Clay Mills. I am sure his family, friends and fans were freaking out."
Smith says just a few hours after finding out about Wayne Mills condition, Mills was put on life-support until his organs are donated.
" Pray for his family and pray for us and the people that are missing him," said Smith.
Mumford added that the mis-identification will not interfere with the shooting investigation. Ferrell was also in the spotlight for another reason, his bar was on the TV show " Bar Rescue." The re-vamped Pit and Barrel episode happens to be scheduled to air tomorrow.
Metro Police say Ferrell has a valid handgun carry permit.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
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