Shooting suspect in custody after MTSU campus confrontation

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 2:17pm

A suspect is in custody and a lockdown lifted following a shooting on the Middle Tennessee State University campus Monday morning.

Campus officials sent an initial email alert just before noon stating there had been a shooting on campus. Police said the shooting resulted in a minor injury.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a campus-wide email alert reported that the suspected shooter was in custody. About 10 minutes later, students and faculty received another email alert reporting the weapon also had been found.

The Murfreesboro Police Department SWAT team searched the Business and Aerospace Building on the MTSU campus for the gunman.

Monday morning, police received a call reporting shots had been fired on the campus before noon. Two individuals confronted each other before one pulled out a gun and shot the other, causing non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. Jim Fanguy of the MTSU Police Department.

The suspect was described as a black male with an average build wearing a black jacket, black backpack, blue jeans and a tan hat. In the building, officers found a purple shirt that they believe the suspect had been wearing.

Students and teachers were told to remain inside until police found the suspect and the weapon.

MTSU police are telling faculty, staff and students to continue to use caution, and the SWAT team is still securing the Business and Aerospace Building.

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4 Comments on this post:

By: Nitzche on 2/14/11 at 6:08

Is the suspect black? I thought black was incorrect?African-American is the proper use of this type of behavior.........wait a minute,,,suspects black,,,victims african-american....all racism african-american..i had to check my scorecard,

By: consultmlcesq on 2/15/11 at 11:56

Nitzche. The suspect must have been Black or African American (nobody really cares which term is used so long as it is an accurate description of race). Typically, if the suspect had been white, race may not have even been mentioneded in the description and no pictures displayed, leaving readers to imagine and assume - based on propagandistic conditioning - that the suspect must be Black. Regardless of the race of the suspect, officers with pre-disposed biases often use the tool of suggestive selling to incriminate Blacks in many cases. Ma'am . . . would you say that the suspect was "Black.?" as compared to the more open ended, "Ma'am, how would you describe the suspect? 'Tis the nature of southern justice.

By: consultmlcesq on 2/15/11 at 11:57

What is most important here is not the matter of race; but that the culprit, whomever he is, be stopped.

By: consultmlcesq on 2/15/11 at 12:02

correction: "mentioned"