Middle Tennessee State University shooting leaves 1 dead and another critical after Riverdale High School graduation

A PERSON is dead and another is critically injured following a shooting on the Middle Tennessee State University campus Wednesday night.

Riverdale High School used Murphy Center for its graduation ceremony at 7pm for its 450 students, which had ended by the time the shooting occurred.

The shooter currently remains at large, said police. Officers and K9 units are combing through the area.

“Tonight's shooting at MTSU is a tragedy. We mourn with the family who lost a loved one and the victim injured,” said Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Sgt Dan Goodwin.

“Police found two people suffering from gunshots near the tennis courts. The shooting occurred as individuals were leaving the graduation. We are asking for the public's patience. We are at ground zero on this investigation.”

Riverdale High School will be closed tomorrow as a precaution and counseling will be provided to students when school goes back into session on Friday, Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans.

According to witnesses, between six and eight gunshots were heard. 

Law enforcement believes the incident may have stemmed from an argument between two men.

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