At least one person died and another was injured after a shooting at Riverdale High School Graduation at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro late on Wednesday.
The shooting took place on campus, at the Murphy Center of MTSU, at about 8:51 p.m., as attendants and students were reportedly leaving the graduation ceremony, as reported by WKRN. Police arrived on the scene to find two victims near the campus’ tennis courts – one who was pronounced dead on the scene and another who was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds in “critical but stable conditions.”
The graduation of the class of 450 students at had started at 7 p.m., according to NewsChannel 5.
The suspect or suspects who committed the shooting remain at large, Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh told NewsChannel 5.
As a precautionary measure, the school is going to be closed on Thursday, Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans said, as quoted by NewsChannel 5.
“We are doing this as a precaution only,” he said.
Authorities did not disclose the name of the victims and did not comment on the suspects, but an investigation is ongoing.
“Tonight’s shooting at MTSU is a tragedy,” Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Goodwin said, as quoted by NewsChannel 5.
“We mourn with the family who lost a loved one and the victim injured. Police found two people suffering from gunshots near the tennis courts. The shooting occurred as individuals were leaving the graduation,” Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Goodwin said. “We are asking for the public’s patience. We are at ground zero on this investigation.”
This is a breaking news story and will be later updated.
Source : https://www.newsweek.com/middle-tennessee-state-university-shooting-graduation-ceremony-students-1708017