Gunfire erupted minutes after high school graduation in Tennessee, killing one and injuring another, authorities say
A gunman opened fire on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, just outside Murphy Center, where 450 Riverdale High School students had just finished collecting their degrees. Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh told local media the shooting took place at 9 p.m., around the same time the graduates and their families were exiting the campus arena.
Police responded to the incident and discovered two people with gunshot wounds near the university’s tennis courts. Fitzhugh said one was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was rushed to hospital in critical but stable condition.
None of the victims have been identified.
“Tonight’s shooting at MTSU is a tragedy. We mourn with the family who lost a loved one and the injured victim,” Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. says Dan Goodwin. “We ask for the patience of the public. We are ground zero in this investigation.
The shooter remained at large early Thursday morning, but MTSU in a tweet said there was no longer a threat on campus.
“The threat no longer appears to exist on campus, and it is safe to resume normal activities,” according to the 5 a.m. tweet. “The investigation remains active. Please report any suspicious activity to MTSU Police at 615-898-2424.
Riverdale High School will be closed as a precaution, a Rutherford County Schools spokesperson said.