South Precinct detectives Thursday morning charged 20-year-old Kenyatta Patton with criminal homicide for Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of a man who was Patton’s friend.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Kroger located at 61 E. Thompson Lane just after the victim, 21-year-old Aaron Mealer, arrived in a Chevrolet Cobalt.
Three other persons were in the car, including Mealer’s wife, Patton and another woman. Police said Patton admitted that he and Mealer intended to shoplift at the grocery store.
Police allege that Patton said that as he got out of the car, a pistol that he was clutching fired, striking Mealer in the face. Mealer was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
No charges were placed against the two women in the car.