Some young men seeking YouTube fame were filming “prank” robberies outside a strip mall in Old Hickory, Tennessee on Friday. Unfortunately for Tim Wilks (aged old enough to know better) he and a fellow prankster approached a group of people with butcher knives, apparently seeking YouTube viral fame. One of the group he approached, sensing an armed robbery in progress, drew his pistol and shot Mr. Wilks dead right there.
Cops haven’t made any arrest in the incident and the pranksters should probably count their lucky stars they aren’t looking at long prison sentences for felony murder. At least not so far.
WKRN has the story:
One person was killed in a shooting in Old Hickory near the Hermitage line Friday night, according to a release from Metro police.
It happened around 9:20 p.m. in the 4300 block of Old Hickory Boulevard at a building with several businesses.
Police say 20-year-old Timothy Wilks was shot and killed in the parking lot of Urban Air on Old Hickory Boulevard.
Detectives were told that Wilks and a friend were participating in a “prank” robbery as part of a YouTube video and approached a group of people, including the shooter, with butcher knives.
A 23-year-old man told police he shot Wilks and wasn’t aware the robbery was a “prank.” He says it was self-defense.
It all comes down to what a reasonable and prudent person would think, knowing what he knew at the time…whether the defender perceived a threat of death or grievous bodily harm. Clearly, approaching a group of people you don’t know with a large knife and announcing a robbery is more than enough to cause a reasonable person act accordingly.
That’s a mistake that Timothy Wilks won’t make again.