Two people were shot near the campus of Tennessee State University in north Nashville Saturday afternoon and the gunman remains at large.
Metro police said shooting occurred around 12 Noon as hundreds had come to the area of 28th Avenue North and Jefferson Street in celebration of TSU's homecoming.
Victims Lorenzo Vaughn, 19, and Eric Gray, 18, both of Nashville, were in the parking lot of the Wendy's restaurant located at 1045 28th Avenue North when they were shot.
Police said a bullet passed through Vaughn's arm and hit Gray in the back.
Vaughn was treated and released from Baptist Hospital. Gray was treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Roads were closed to vehicular traffic and the area had taken on a large block party atmosphere at the time of the shooting, according to police.
A number of officers were in the immediate vicinity on foot when the shot was heard.
"It's disappointing and it's amazing that the suspects were as bold as they were to open fire while there were police in the parking lot," Metro police Lt. David Corman said, adding, "Multiple elements in this police department and in the community have gone to great lengths to make sure that it's safe."
Vaughn and Gray told officers they heard persons arguing and were walking away when they were hit. They do not believe they were being targeted.
Events for TSU's homecoming Saturday afternoon were not interrupted as a result of the shooting, and the Tigers game against UT Martin took place at LP Field as scheduled.
"I didn't know anything about the shooting so I guess I was in the right place at the right time so I've enjoyed the vendors, the food, the fellowship and just glad to be back on campus," TSU Alumni Peggy Wimberli told Nashville's News 2.
TSU Alumni Ebony Burrell added, "We're celebrating 99 years of service at this wonderful institution and ignorance that's displayed by whoever that was, is not a reflection of Tennessee State University."
The reason for the gunfire has not been determined.
Detectives are working to identify the shooter.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word "CASH" along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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