1 dead after graduating from high school at the University of Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting Wednesday night after a high school graduation at Middle Tennessee State University, according to police.

WTVF-TV reports that police confirmed the shooting after Riverdale High School’s graduation at Murphy Center, an on-campus stadium. The injured victim is hospitalized in critical condition. It was not immediately known if the victims were students.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh told local media that the shooter or shooters are still at large and that K-9 units and officers were scouring the area.

Riverdale’s commencement ceremony for 450 seniors began at 7 p.m. and was over and people were leaving when the shooting happened.

“Tonight’s shooting at MTSU is a tragedy,” Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Goodwin said. “We mourn with the family who lost a loved one and the victim was injured.”

He said police found two people being shot near the tennis courts.

“We are asking the public for patience. We are at ground zero of this investigation,” Goodwin said.

Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans said the school, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Nashville, would be closed Thursday as a precaution.


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