NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Four people, including three teenagers, were shot Monday afternoon at the MTA bus station in downtown Nashville, just blocks from the Tennessee State Capitol.
According to Metro-Nashville police, it happened inside Music City Central at Fifth and Charlotte avenues near the escalator around 3:40 p.m.
Metro police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said the preliminary investigation shows an 18-year-old was coming up the escalator when an argument may have broken out.
The 18-year-old was seriously injured and remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The other three victims, two of whom are ages 15 and 17, were also transported to Vanderbilt’s hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries.
Witness Verronica Lynch told News 2, “I was standing in the bus station when I heard the gunshots and all the kids started running, so I walked up to see what was going on and I saw one man lying beside the bus with a gunshot to his leg, and I saw another laying by the escalator with a gun shot wound to the side, and the police stared telling us to get back, telling us to step back.”
Metro police said another witness reportedly saw one of the suspects run away and drop a gun, which has since been retrieved by police.
Two people of interest are in custody, according to Mumford. It’s unclear at this time if either of those people is the alleged shooter.
No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.