A 29-year-old Nashville man has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for his role in a shooting that resulted in a gunshot wound to the head of a toddler.

Ross Glock 17

In a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on December 13, 2018, Kedrick Ross, a previously convicted felon, was arrested after he was discovered in possession of a stolen Glock.40 caliber handgun, 208 grams of marijuana, and a methamphetamine mixture in the area near Watkins College of Art in Nashville, the statement says.

After being released on bond from the state charges, Watkins was arrested on May 29, 2019, in the Cumberland View Public Housing community for possession of a stolen Glock 9mm handgun, a stolen Glock.45 caliber handgun, marijuana, and methamphetamine.

Ross’s Arrest

Kedrick Ross And Cumberland View Public Housing Community
Kedrick Ross and Cumberland View Public Housing community

Ross was arrested on September 9, 2019, after he was discovered in possession of a stolen Glock.40 caliber handgun, as well as methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the substance. Authorities discovered that the rifle in question was the same one that Ross had left unsecured at a relative’s home. He was shot in the head by his 3-year-old son, who was gravely injured on the same day.

Ross allegedly attempted to encourage his cousin to tell authorities that the gun belonged to the cousin’s deceased husband in order to avoid being arrested himself.

“Because of Ross’s continued lifestyle of drug dealing and other criminal activity, an innocent child sustained life-altering injuries,” “Too often, the reckless conduct of those involved in criminal activity results in tragic, unintended consequences as this case demonstrates. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will continue our pursuit of those who choose a lifestyle of crime without regard to innocent persons.”

said U.S. Attorney Wildasin.
Assistant U.s. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah Prosecuted Ross
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah

Overall, Ross was charged in 2019 with three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, three counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, methamphetamine, and Xanax within 1,000 feet of an educational institution, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public housing complex, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and two counts of obstruction of justice.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Youth Services Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah prosecuted the case.