Gunfire follows Maplewood commencement on TSU campus

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 12:02am
Staff reports


A man was shot and killed outside the Gentry Center on the Tennessee State University campus Monday night following the commencement ceremony for Maplewood High, according to Metro Police.

Metro Police identified the victim as 21-year-old Andreus Taylor, who was apparently shot in the face at close range as he was exiting the center. He died a short while later at Centennial Medical Center, according to police.

A bystander was also shot in the arm and was treated at a nearby hospital. The shooting occured as the crowd, which included Maplewood graduates, was exiting the center immediately following graduation exercises, according to reports.

Early accounts said no Maplewood graduate was involved in the violence, although minor injuries were reported when the crowd scrambled after shots were fired. Police estimated the commencement audience at 4,000 and said a total of 12 on- and off-duty Metro Police and TSU officers were inside and outside the Gentry Center.

Metro Police initally said a suspect was in custody following a chase on foot by TSU security officers, but that person was not connected to the shooting.

A police spokesman said there was no clear motive for the shooting but that the victim did have gang ties.

Check back here for details as they are released.


7 Comments on this post:

By: dogmrb on 5/18/09 at 10:42

Hope he or she had a license to be carrying to protect themselves from ?.

By: courier37027 on 5/19/09 at 6:27

This is a fabricated story. With so few Maplewood High students graduating, shooter was picked from a crowd of five or so.

By: BigPapa on 5/19/09 at 6:30

I have to assume that this guy was a gang banger or drug dealer. If that's the case it's not great loss to society.

Having said that, how can anyone defend a school like Maplewood. It' thug central. No wonder we have white flight.

By: howelln on 5/19/09 at 10:23

I don't know what is wrong with you people. This is a horrible thing to happen to all those students and their families who were celebrating their achievements.

By: RaisedHoodUnive... on 5/19/09 at 12:39

Oh my Big Papa, sounds like you are supporting the rezoning issue with your comment. How can you say its thug central, when every year that school has over
100, 000 dollars in scholarships ( academic) every year. What a sterotypical comment from someone who is definently unaware of whats going on in Nashville education.

By: thefinalsay on 5/19/09 at 12:57

No offense, RaisedHood, and not to diminish the accomplishments of those who are receiving scholarships at Maplewood, but most high school's graduating classes scholarship totals reach well into multi-millions. A few hundred thousand is actually a sad commentary and not a bragging point.

This is a tragedy that highlights the struggles that some schools face, both on and off campus.

By: RaisedHoodUnive... on 5/20/09 at 7:22

thefinalsay, this is my final comment on this situation,. Maplewood has received plethora of bad press in recent years. And many naysayers want ot jump on the bandwagon when a crime is connected to that institution. When will the community rally behind this school as it is also a public entity, that is educating children that live in our Nashville community. Im sure schools all over the city have millions of dollars of scholarships that they can say their students earned. But down knock down the poor schools that don't equate. I think it is a travesty that taxpayers are bashing a institution they support with their dollars Hmph!!!