Don't Smoke in the Pit & Barrel Bar! Nov 25, 2013 17:36:21 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Nov 25, 2013 17:36:21 GMT -5
Country singer shot dead in Nashville bar
Nashville police on Sunday said they are still investigating a fatal shooting in the early hours of Saturday morning that left a country singer dead inside a downtown Nashville bar.
Wayne Mills (above), 44, was shot by Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Ferrell, police said. Ferrell told police he shot Mills in self-defense following an argument over Mills smoking in the bar. Mills later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
"We're investigating Chris Ferrell's claims of self-defense," said Kris Mumford, a police spokeswoman. Ferrell is not in custody and there have been no arrests, she said.
Mills toured with the Wayne Mills Band, which often performed on the college circuit. The music was "outlaw/southern rock flavored," according to the band's website. Early in their careers, country music stars Jamey Johnson and Blake Shelton and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks had all opened for the band.
On Sunday, Blake Shelton tweeted: "Extremely sad to hear about the death of my old friend Wayne Mills."
Reached by phone, band manager J.R. Smith was overcome with emotion. "I just can't speak about it right now," he said.
Pit and Barrel owner Ferrell could not be reached for comment.
In an odd twist, Pit and Barrel was to have been featured on tonight's episode of Bar Rescue on cable network Spike TV. The series features struggling bars and nightclubs that are given makeovers by a nightclub expert. The network has decided to pull the episode, running a rerun of a previous show instead, according to spokeswoman Shana Tepper.
Source: Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean, November 25, 2013.