Man charged in parking garage shooting

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 11:46am
Staff reports

A 23-year-old is charged with attempted criminal homicide after police said he admitted to shooting another man in a parking garage on James Robertson Parkway.

Police arrested William Penn Scales Monday afternoon for the Aug. 20 shooting of Dejuan Osborne, 22, who was a passenger in vehicle that was apparently blocking the garage exit as the vehicle Scales rode in tried to leave.

Angry that the Volvo sedan was blocking the exit while those inside stopped to talk to passersby, Scales stepped out of a Ford Explorer he was riding in, walked up to the Volvo and fired a single shot, which hit Osborne in the mouth and lodged in his cheek, according to police.

Scales is being held on $500,000 bond. He has prior convictions for drug possession, unlawful weapon possession and vandalism.

Osborne was treated at and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

11 Comments on this post:

By: titm on 9/8/10 at 12:04

Sounds like another example of an idiot with a gun and the other idiot with a car. The idiot with the car should have shot the idiot with the gun. This is the reason for our 2nd Amendment rights. For those of you who oppose people carrying guns just think how many lives could have been saved at Columbine, V Tech and the post office, These three incidents alone had over 24 fatalities, just think if one responsible citizen had a weapon, how many lives could have been saved. For those of you who think the police are your best protections. See above, it didn’t work out so well for them. A good rule of thumb is.."when a life is at stake and seconds count the police are just a few minutes away" . No, I not bashing the police. They are over worked, under paid and most do a great job. But, what I am saying is we simply cannot rely on just the police to protect us, we are responsible for protecting ourselves and our families.

By: TakePrideInNash on 9/8/10 at 12:48

If everyone carried a gun, we would be going back in time to the "Old West". Shoot and ask questions later. Many more innocent people would die because of an idiot with a gun who THOUGHT he was in danger. Yes, I'm sure there are instances when carrying a gun can help someone in danger, but there would be many more instances when a gun is not necessary and an innocent person gets killed. We have idiots on the road who use a 3500 pound weapon on wheels without any regard to another person's safety, now you want to put a gun in their hand?

By: tomw on 9/8/10 at 12:51

let's look at the brilliance of a man with a gun who is upset that others have blocked his exit. definately worth shooting someone in the face

By: earlyx on 9/8/10 at 1:08

Guaranteed Gangstas. Dang Homie you dun shot me in my grill!!

By: Cookie47 on 9/8/10 at 1:39

Hmmmmmmmmm, lets see. He was charged with "unlawful weapon possession" so he wasn't a HCP holder. He's just a thug with an ignorant bad attitude and temper. Why am I not surprised?


By: girliegirl on 9/9/10 at 7:56

Forget the gun issue.....he could have stabbed him or chopped him up ...or ...well, ever see "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? Why don't we keep the bad guys in prison anymore? Why are we constantly letting them out so they can repeat and kill over and over again?

By: SirKnight on 9/9/10 at 8:05

TakePride, you totally misconstrued titm's point. Where does he suggest "Everyone should carry a handgun."? The thugs and nutcases will carry guns regardless of rules and laws, but law-abiding citizens who have no HCP will not. His point is if more responsible people have guns, more lives will be saved. Duh.

By: cval on 9/9/10 at 8:46

America has the highest % of its population in prison in the world. I guess we let them out because (1) they serve their sentence or (2) there is not enough room for everyone so you release the ones with the least time left. But, is there a reason why there is so much crime and in particular: road rage? Could it be that our darling TV has programmed us into thinking the individual is more important than anyone else and we don't need to obey the rules of society (others must obey of course)? Maybe it's due to the fact that there is no required driver eduction in TN like most civilized states have. Maybe it's from people getting sick and tired of certain people who think they are special and need not show any consideration for others. I get enraged when so many drivers block traffic on Thompson and drive across TWO sets of solid double yellow lines to enter the Wendy's from the wrong side of the road- ILLEGALLY. Oh, gee. I keep forgetting. This is a state where 90% of the people go to church every Sunday. These things surely don't apply to TN. (note the dripping sarcasm)

By: xhexx on 9/9/10 at 9:03

Cval, two sets of double yellow lines indicate a turning lane. You need to brush up on a drver's manual.

Takepride, how much more reason would you need to defend yourself than having someone shoot you in the face?

By: wayitis on 9/9/10 at 10:24

This young man is headed down the wrong road. I suspect that he will reappear in the news for a more serious violation in the future if he does not right the ship. The odds say NO.

By: Cookie47 on 9/9/10 at 10:26


You're wasting your time trying to discuss guns with TakePride, a typical anti-gunner. He's obviously scared of them so he fights the carrying of them by law-abiding citizens instead of the thugs who don't give a damn about the law.

TakePride would be one of the very ones hiding behind an HCP holder for protection then would try to sue that HCP holder if he got hurt. Their logic is so screwed up you'd do better to talk to a monkey. You'd have a much more intelligent conversation.