Another campus shooting, this one at an historically black college, occurred late Thursday, leaving one man dead and three women injured. According to Nashville Fox affiliate WZTV, the incident happened around 10:54 p.m.
The dead man, aged 19, was not enrolled at Tennessee State University, where the shooting occurred. The gunman who fled the scene was said to be a student.
The university said in a statement this morning that campus was placed on lockdown following reports of the shooting and that students were escorted back to their residence halls safely.
Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron also spoke with reporters, saying, according to Fox News:
This was an isolated shooting incident in a courtyard. “There were never, we believe, any other students in danger in dormitories or elsewhere on campus.
The person who fired those shots put innocent persons in extreme danger in this isolated incident. We’re hoping that TSU students that have this video, have this knowledge, understand that this person put them in danger tonight, and will report what they know.”
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
*UPDATE* According to a report published within the last hour by The Tennessean, police spokesman Aaron said that authorities do not believe this was an incidence of a random shooter on campus, adding, “This was an isolated incident resulting from a dispute over a dice game.”
The article further notes that “a group of individuals” were involved in the game and that a physical fight that erupted over it escalated into gun violence. The revised report also indicates that contrary to earlier reports the 19-year-old who died was not a student and that the three women who were wounded were students, all 18 years, who were walking when the gunfire began. None of their injuries are thought to be life-threatening.