Tennessee State University student dies after shooting in campus dorm room

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The weekend death of a Tennessee State University student shot inside a room at Watson Hall dormitory has been classified as a homicide following the completion of an autopsy, investigators say.

According to Metro police, the shooting happened around 11 a.m. Sunday, but the department got involved about two hours later, when officers were notified that Rickey Scott, 19, was being transferred from TriStar Centennial Medical Center to TriStar Skyline Medical Center with a critical gunshot wound to his torso.

The wound was discovered during an examination at Centennial, where Scott had been transported by ambulance for what was believed to be a non-trauma related medical issue, after someone found him unconscious in the hallway of a TSU residence hall, officers explained.

Scott, a TSU student and Ohio resident, was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Skyline, police said.

Detectives revealed they searched the dorm room but the gun involved had not been located. 

Anyone with information about the active investigation is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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