Jerald “Wayne” Mills

Singer dies after being shot in head at downtown bar

Posted: Nov 23, 2013 11:01 AM GSTUpdated: Nov 23, 2013 10:08 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -A singer died after he was shot in the head following an altercation at a bar in downtown Nashville early Saturday morning.Police confirmed Jerald “Wayne” Mills, 44, of the Wayne Mills Band, died from his injuries on Saturday evening.The shooting was reported around 5 a.m. at the Pit and Barrel bar at 515 2nd Avenue South near Lea Avenue.  The bar was closed at the time of the shooting.

The preliminary investigation reveals Mills began smoking a cigarette in a non-smoking area of the bar and the owner, Chris Ferrell, became upset.

Ferrell, 44, and Mills allegedly began to argue. Others still inside the bar at the time left.

According to a police report, witnesses outside reported hearing gunshots from inside the bar shortly after leaving and contacted police.

Mills suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died Saturday evening.

Ferrell, who has a valid handgun carry permit, told police he shot Mills in self defense.  The investigation is ongoing.

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Metro Nashville police confirmed Jerald Waynes Mills died of his wounds.

Members of the Wayne Mills Band tweeted Saturday night that their frontman Jerald Wayne Mills died from his gunshot wounds Saturday night.

“Word is Wayne has passed. God be with us all in this tragedy……” the band said via their Twitter account at 6:53 p.m.

Police said Mills was shot at the Pit and Barrel bar at 515 Second Ave. South early Saturday morning. Authorities continue to investigate the shooter’s claims of self-defense.


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NASHVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)   Wayne Mills, lead singer of The Wayne Mills Band, has reportedly died at a Nashville hospital following a Saturday morning shooting.   According to CBS station WTVF, the Arab native was shot around 5 a.m. at the Pit and Barrel Bar on Second Avenue.

WTVF reports the shooting was a result of an altercation between Mills and the owner of the bar, Chris Ferrell. They said the two were inside the bar and a struggle ensued after Mills reportedly lit a cigarette in the non-smoking section. According to police, witnesses outside the bar heard gunshots and contacted authorities.

Police said Ferrell claims he shot the victim in self-defense. They said he had a valid handgun carry permit.

Mills was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  According to his official Facebook page, Mills died Saturday afternoon.

Mills, 44, was a 1987 graduate of Arab High School.

Mills’ musical style is generally described as “outlaw country,” with influences from George Jones, Waylon Jennings and others. He leaves behind a wife, Carole, and a young son, Jack.

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