A deadly shooting took place right on the campus of Tennessee State University killing one man and wounded three women, the police said on Friday.
The 19-year-old who was fatally shot had not been enrolled at the college, according to police spokesman Don Aaron. It is unknown whether the suspect, who fled, was a student.
The shooting occurred in a courtyard around 10:50 p.m. There was an argument over the dice game boiled over into a fistfight, and then “suddenly shots were fired,” according to witnesses.
Three students whom Aaron described as “innocent passers-by” were struck. One was grazed and did not require medical attention, while two others were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with injuries. One had been released by Friday morning, while the other was in stable condition and was expected to make a full recovery, according to NYTimes.
“This was an isolated shooting incident in a courtyard,” said Aaron. “There were never, we believe, any other students in danger in dormitories or elsewhere on campus.”
Several students used their phones to record the fight. The police have obtained some video, but they encouraged other students who scattered when the shooting began to come forward with further recordings and information, according to NYTimes.
“The person who fired those shots put innocent persons in extreme danger in this isolated incident,” Mr. Aaron said. “We’re hoping that T.S.U. students that have this video, have this knowledge, understand that this person put them in danger tonight and will report what they know.”