This story contains an error. James Tyler Wisdom did not live at the 2228 Union Place Court residence where the incident took place, as Columbia police initially reported. Detectives confirmed Monday that Wisdom lived at 3367 Neeley Hollow Road.
Columbia police are investigating the Sunday morning death of a 19-year-old man they believe was the victim of a “tragic shooting accident,” Sgt. Vince Morgan said.
James Tyler Wisdom of Columbia died inside his town home at 2228 Union Place Court from a single gunshot wound to his head, according to a police report.
Morgan said Wisdom’s roommate was upstairs showing a .45-caliber Sauer pistol to another person about 1 a.m. Sunday when it discharged. The bullet passed through the floor striking Wisdom, who was standing in the kitchen area below.
Police responding to a 911 call found the two men who had been upstairs outside the home. They were extremely distraught, he said.
While running his information, officers found a grand jury indicted him with reckless homicide for the death of James Tyler Wisdom, 19, of 3367 Neeley Hollow Road, Columbia, according to Capt. Kenny Brady. He remains at the Franklin County jail, pending his extradition.
Frederick and Wisdom were at Frederick’s Union Place Court apartment around 1 a.m. on December 15. Frederick was upstairs showing a roommate, Adam Mark Eli of Columbia, his .45-caliber Sauer pistol. The weapon discharged while Frederick was handling it, sending the bullet through the floor and striking Wisdom in the head as he stood in the downstairs kitchen area, according to the report. He died at the scene.
Frederick and Eli left the weapon in the apartment and waited outside for police, according to preliminary police reports. The two were “hysterical” as they told officers what happened, according to the report.