One person is dead and another in critical condition after shooting at high school graduation on Middle Tennessee State University campus – as suspect goes on the run.
One person is dead and another critically injured after shots were fired following a high school graduation at Middle Tennessee State University.
The incident occurred outside the university’s Murphy Center athletic facility Wednesday night where Riverdale High School was holding its commencement.
At least two people were struck as graduates and their families were leaving the ceremony, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to techsearchnet.com.
‘Tonight’s shooting at MTSU is a tragedy. We mourn with the family who lost a loved one and the victim injured,’ officials said in a statement. ‘We are asking for the public’s patience. We are at ground zero on this investigation.’
The shooter or shooters remain at large. Dozens of officers and K-9 units are canvassing the area for the suspect. Residents are asked to avoid the area and call authorities if they see anything suspicious.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired on MTSU’s campus around 8.51pm Wednesday.
When police arrived on scene they found two gunshot victims near the tennis court next to the Murphy Center. One victim was dead and another in critical condition.
It is unclear if one the victims were students, however, Rutherford County Schools will be closed Friday as a ‘precaution,’ a district spokesperson told Newschannel 5.
‘The school is going to be closed tomorrow. We can’t comment on anything about suspects or victims. School is closed as a precaution. We are doing this as a precaution only,’ the spokesperson said.
Witnesses have reported hearing six shots ring out, with some alleging the gunfire stemmed from a fight between two men. Police have not confirmed this account.
A social media user whose bio says he lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee – where MSTU is located – claims he heard five or six shots ring out.