A 6-year-old boy and his grandmother were shot and killed in a murder-suicide in Nashville on Saturday night.
Terry Majors, 64, shot and killed his 61-year-old wife, Leigh Shea Majors, and their 6-year-old grandson, Ty Dodson, before he turned the gun on himself, police said.
Ty’s 4-year-old sister survived the shooting after escaping and running to a neighbor’s house to get help.
Chase Dodson, the boy’s uncle, told News 2, the local ABC affiliate, that Ty had told his sister to run.
Ty was described as a loving kid.
“He was constantly smiling and wanting to take care of everyone. He has a little sister that’s in preschool this year, who he walks in and just makes sure that she would get to school and in the classroom okay,” Tabitha Collins, Ty’s former pre-school teacher, said. “Very smart, very curious. We always called him “Ty the science guy,” because he loved the science center.”
Dodson said that the boy stayed with his mom and stepdad in Kentucky but would spend time with him and both sets of grandparents. Ty’s father, Dodson’s brother, died before the boy was born.
“I still just don’t want to believe he’s gone. It’s just ‘why?’ He’s so young,” Collins said.
Nashville police are investigating but have not released a motive for the murders.