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Student Dies in School Shooting

May 20, 1998 GMT

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A high school senior shot and killed another student Tuesday, three days before they were to graduate, apparently because the two had argued about a girl, police said.

The shooting happened at about 2 p.m. in a parking lot at Lincoln County High School.

Jacob Davis, 18, pulled a gun after confronting Robert ``Nick″ Creson, 18, police said. Davis fired once and Creson fell to the ground.

``He fired another shot and Nick fell backwards and then another shot was fired,″ Police Chief Tom Barnes told WKRN-TV. ``Jacob took the weapon, walked toward him, set the gun down and then sat down beside the gun and put his head on his knees.″

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Creson died about 15 minutes after being brought to Lincoln Regional Hospital, spokesman John Fitzsimmons said.

Davis was arrested without incident and brought to the police station for questioning. He was charged with first-degree murder and reckless endangerment.

Police said the boys apparently had been arguing over a girl both had dated.

Principal Jim Stewart said Creson was a football player and Davis was among the top 25 students in the 307-member senior class. Neither was troublesome, he said.

``If they had ever been disciplined for anything, I’m not aware of it,″ Stewart said.

Stewart had few details on what led to the shooting. The boys apparently had argued earlier in the day, probably over a girl, he said.

Sophomore Ronald Scott said Davis kept to himself.

``He didn’t hardly ever even talk,″ Scott said. ``But I guess that’s the ones that will get you _ the quiet ones.″

Fayetteville is about 70 miles south of Nashville near the Alabama border.