Three students wounded in Tennessee shooting, according to local media reporting from the area. This took place at a college party near the Tennessee University State campus when three would-be guests were turned away at the door. According to police, this led to a heated argument which eventually ended in gunfire.
The three armed men who were turned away immediately drew their weapons and started shooting at the crowd, leading to mass panic and several 9/11 calls. Authorities have said that over 100 people were present at the apartment complex where the shooting took place.
Police are now looking for the trio responsible for the attack. The three armed men have reportedly fled the scene after opening fire on those inside. One victim is in critical condition, according to authorities, while two others have sustained light gunshot wounds.
Investigators believe the three were most likely gang members who simply passed by and witnessed that a party was held in the apartment complex. They argued with the host for a few minutes, trying to convince him to let them in. After they were firmly rejected entry, the verbal clash quickly turned into a shooting.
Police are now hunting for the three suspects. Eyewitnesses have described one perpetrator as a 5-foot-9 African American male, at probably around 220 pounds, with a fade haircut, wearing a gray hoodie and beige pants. The second suspect is a 5-foot-11 black male at around 160 pounds with dreadlocks, wearing a purple sweatshirt. The third suspect could not be properly identified – it is reported that he was wearing a green hoodie, however.
Officers say that eyewitnesses have reported a heavy argument between the host and the three armed men. The suspects are believed not to be associated with Tennessee University State in any way. Although there were some claims that the three were students, such allegations have been dismissed.
The Tennessee shooting comes at a time when there is already much heated debate nation-wide on the easy accessibility to firearms. After the tragedy at the Umpqua Community College, in Oregon, which resulted in ten casualties and nine more people injured, many pro-gun control activists have demanded a reform on current gun laws. Even President Barack Obama has stated that such tragedies only further prove, in a painful manner, that the time for debate is over and the time for reform is long overdue.
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