BREAKING: Active School Shooting Happening NOW… Full LOCKDOWN- Here’s What We Know


Tennessee State University in Nashville was on lockdown Monday afternoon after a shooting a university dorm.

Metro Nashville Police have responded to the shooting on the campus of historically black school which took place in the Boyd Hall parking lot located at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Campus police are assisting in the investigation regarding shots fired at the dormitory around noon and secured the building to conduct a search.


Boyd Hall is a residence hall located near the school’s cafeteria. Metro Police are reviewing surveillance video and say the shooter fled the scene after the shooting. The school is on lockdown.  Students can leave but no one can enter currently.

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Police say the victim was shot in the chest and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. 19-year-old  Larry Bates of Chicago was shot and was believed to be speaking to someone in a vehicle in the parking lot of the dorm. He is a former student, previously enrolled during the Spring semester, but was not currently a student according to police. His condition is very serious at this point.  His family has been notified.


According to Nashville local news affiliate WKRN News 2  the shooter is still at large and there is no word as to whether there is a suspect. No firearm or weapon was recovered at the scene.



Kelli Sharpe, assistant vice president of Public Relations and Communications for TSU said in a statement –

“This is an on-going investigation by our campus policeAs of now, we are not sure what took place because no weapon was recovered and we don’t have any. one in connection with the incident. We are asking students and anyone else that may have information to contact TSU Police.”

Campus police said officials are reviewing surveillance footage for leads and are asking students and neighborhood residents to contact them if they have any information about the incident.

Students are not being allowed to re-enter the dorm but are being told to wait outside. There are witnesses to the events and they are cooperating with authorities in their attempts to assist locate the shooter who is believed to have fled the scene immediately after the shooting.

Sharpe states emphatically that campus officials wanted to reassure parents that safety is the school’s top priority.

“We want parents and students to understand that we have a no-weapon policy. If we find that a student has a weapon, they will be suspended immediately. Firearms are not permitted on campus, and we want to send that strong message to our students.”

The administration of TSU are in the process of developing a campus safety committee consisting of students, faculty, and TSU staff.  This is a developing situation and we will update information as it comes in.

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