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MNPD Investigating Fatal Shooting Outside TSU Building



North Precinct detectives are investigating Thursday night’s gunfire in an outside courtyard of Tennessee State University that claimed the life of one person and sent two others to the hospital.

The deceased is believed to be a 19-year-old non-TSU student. His identity is expected to be confirmed later today. Two 18-year-old female students were wounded as innocent passersby. One of them has been treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The other is in stable condition at Vanderbilt and is expected to fully recover. A third 18-year-old female student received a very minor graze and did not require medical treatment.

The investigation to this point shows that a dispute erupted over a dice game in the outside courtyard of the Floyd-Payne Campus Center. The dispute escalated into a physical fight. Witnesses reported that gunshots were suddenly heard, prompting the 10:52 p.m. call to TSU police. It was reported that several students saw the fight taking place and recorded it on their cellphones. Those with cellphone images are urged to share them with MNPD detectives who are working to apprehend the person(s) who indiscriminately placed people in danger by firing shots. Anyone with information can relay it to the police department, anonymously if need be, by calling Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Persons can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at

This shooting was isolated to the outside courtyard. There was no known threat to students in dorms or elsewhere on campus. The MNPD’s crime scene team did recover a pistol in the darkness while processing the immediate area.