1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Shooting Linked to Dice Game at Tennessee State University

1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Shooting Linked to Dice Game at Tennessee State University

Metro police on Friday morning continued to search for a gunman responsible for a fatal shooting that took place on the Tennessee State University campus late Thursday.


The campus was closed Friday — as part of its routine schedule. Classes were expected to resume Monday, said Tennessee State University spokesman Emmanuel Freeman.

Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said a group of individuals were playing the dice game on a quad on campus in a courtyard by the Floyd-Payne Campus Center when a physical fight erupted about 10:50 p.m.

At some point, someone involved the game pulled out a gun and started firing multiple rounds. A 19-year-old man, who police say was not a student, died at the scene. In addition, three 18-year-old female students, who happened to be walking by were struck by gunfire, Aaron said.

One woman was grazed by a bullet but did not seek medical attention, Aaron said. The two other women were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Freeman said. One of them was treated and released. The other woman remains hospitalized in stable condition Friday morning and was expected to be released soon, police said.

A number of other students, he said, were also in the area passing by but were not hit by the barrage of bullets.

The victim’s names were being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, Freeman said Friday.

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

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