After a YouTube video prank goes wrong, a Tennessee man is shot and killed.

According to police, Timothy Wilks, 20, was killed after approaching a group of people with butcher knives as part of a "prank" robbery.

According to police, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Nashville business Friday night after a robbery “prank” for a YouTube channel went wrong.

Officers arrived at Urban Air in the city’s Hermitage neighbourhood around 9:20 p.m.. They discovered Timothy Wilks, 20, and a friend had approached a group of people, including David Starnes Jr., with butcher knives as part of a prank.

Starnes, 23, told detectives he was unaware of the prank and shot Wilks in self-defense, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said Saturday in a statement.

Starnes has not been charged in connection with the incident, which remains under investigation.

Metropolitan Nashville police could not be reached by phone or email on Saturday to provide additional details, including the status of the friend who was with Wilks at the time of his death and whether Starnes had a gun permit.

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