NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Memphis teen was killed and three students were injured in a shooting on Tennessee State University’s campus late Thursday night.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said the shooting, which took place in a courtyard behind the Floyd-Payne Campus Center around 11 p.m., happened after a dispute over a dice game.
Aaron said as the argument progressed, it led to a fist fight and “suddenly shots were fired.”
Cameron Selmon, 19, was killed. He was not a student at the university.
Three female students who were walking in the area at the time of the shooting were injured by stray bullets.
Police reported two of them were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where one was last listed in stable condition. The other has since been released.
The third injured victim did not need treatment.
Information regarding a suspect, who fled the scene after the shooting, wasn’t immediately released.
TSU President Glenda Glover released a statement Friday afternoon, which read in part, “Unfortunately, our campus was the setting for this heinous crime,” she said. “This incident presents us with a challenge that I am confident we will overcome as a family. I ask you to continue to pray for our three students and their families and for the entire TSU student body during this time.” Read: TSU President Glenda Glover Statement
Authorities said several students recorded the incident on their cell phones, some of whom left before police arrived. They’re now urging any students with video of the fight or shooting to contact them at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
“I am so very proud of the manner in which our students conducted themselves throughout this tragic ordeal,” Glover said. “I’m also very appreciative of those that have already shared information and ask others to step forward as well.”
TSU resumed its normal schedule of operations, including all activities, on Friday.
“The university does not have scheduled classes on Friday,” Kelli Sharpe, TSU’s Assistant VP of Public Relations, said via email. “Classes are Monday through Thursday at the institution.”
In light of the shooting, Glover said all students must wear their TSU issued ID while on campus.
“It must be visible at all time,” she said. “This is a requirement.”
A nearby neighbor told News 2 she thinks they need to add more protection on campus.
“It’s scary,” said Tonia Kelly. “They need cameras. They need on-going security. They say it’s not the people on the campus. That can’t be possible because 11 o’clock at night, that’s students on this campus.”
Further details have yet to be released. The investigation is ongoing.