Tenn. College Student, 18, Dies After Being Shot in Head While Walking on Track

A Belmont University student from New Jersey, Jillian Ludwig, tragically passed away a day after being shot in the head. The alleged shooter, Shaquille Taylor, had previously been released for incompetence to stand trial in connection to another shooting. The incident occurred while Ludwig was walking on the track in Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park, and she was found in critical condition by a passerby.

The Metro Nashville Police Department announced Ludwig’s death on Thursday, revealing that the 18-year-old succumbed to her injuries overnight. Taylor, identified as the suspect, was apprehended shortly after the shooting. Police say Taylor, allegedly shooting at a car from a public housing unit across the street, inadvertently struck Ludwig with a stray bullet.

Charged with aggravated assault and evidence tampering, Taylor is currently held on a $280,000 bond. Authorities are modifying his charges in discussions with the district attorney’s office. News of Ludwig’s death followed a plea from Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk to streamline the process of committing individuals to mental institutions.

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