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Tennessee State University Shooting: 1 Killed & 3 Students Wounded On Campus

Fri, October 23, 2015 7:19am EDT by Avery Thompson 1 Comment
Tennessee State University Shooting
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A school shooting at Tennessee State University left three innocent students wounded. A fight over a dice game on Oct. 22 led two men to open fire on campus, with one of those men killed after they started firing shots in an open quad, according to a university spokesperson.

Tennessee State University is in a state of shock right now. Two men started shooting on the Nashville campus late on Oct. 22 after a dispute over a dice game went too far. Three female students were wounded after getting caught in the gunfire as they walked through campus. One of the men, 19, who opened fire was fatally shot during the shocking incident.

A group of people were playing a dice game in an open courtyard on campus when a fight ensued around 11 p.m., police spokesperson Don Aaron told The Tennessean. The two men, who were not students at the university and may have been gambling, pulled out weapons and began firing, university spokeswoman Kelli Sharpe said.

During the dangerous and deadly exchange, one of the men was killed and three female students were wounded as they passed by. The other suspect fled on foot. One of the women suffered only minor injuries, one was taken to hospital and has been released, and the third woman is still at the hospital but is expected to be OK. The names of the victims and the shooters have not been released.

“We do not believe this was an incidence of a random shooter on campus,” Don said. “This was an isolated incident resulting from a dispute over a dice game. The Nashville Police Department believes this campus is safe.”

The shooting happened one night after police, TSU official and community leaders met about safety on campus. Just last week, three people were shot at a house party on Albion Street near the university.

Our thoughts go out to the victims of this senseless shooting.

— Avery Thompson