17-year-old critically hurt in shooting outside Pearl Cohn H.S.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Metro police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was critically injured in a shooting in front of Pearl Cohn High School Friday afternoon.

According to police, shots were fired just off the school's campus, located at 904 24th Avenue North, at 2:33 p.m., just three minutes after class was dismissed for the day.

Police said after Demario Crowder was shot, he ran toward a cream-colored Chrysler 300 with black rims. Officers believe he was running to the car for help, however, the car was stolen Friday morning from a house on Mayflower Lane.

The driver of the Chrysler fled the scene and the car has not been recovered.

A student at the scene told News 2 he heard as many as six gunshots and saw the victim drop to the ground.

Metro police confirmed the teen, who family members identified to News 2 as Demario Crowder, was shot several times and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he underwent surgery late Friday. He was last listed in critical condition, police said.

In a news conference Commander Terrance Graves said the teen was not a current student at the high school and it's possible he may have been targeted.

A heavy police presence remains at the school as the investigation continues.

"Whenever we have a shooting at a school like this we're going to have a large response," Commander Graves said.

The gunman has not been taken into custody and a suspect description was not immediately released.

Pearl Cohn was placed on a lockout for a short time after the shooting. Students left on campus were escorted home by staff unless a parent picks them up.

Just before 6 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a shots fired call just blocks away from the initial shooting.

It happened in the 700 block of 25th Avenue North. Crews on the scene reported hearing multiple shots. It is unclear if the second incident could be related to the first shooting.

Friday's shooting comes just two days after a 15-year-old Whites Creek High School student was shot and killed at an East Nashville apartment complex. A 19-year-old has since been taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide.

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