MTSU Police probe gunshots incident; no injuries reported

MTSU Police continue to investigate a report of gunshots being fired on the university campus late Wednesday, July 22.

No one was injured, no damages were reported, and there are currently no suspects in the incident.

The following text comes from the university’s “Alert Updates” page, located at www.mtsu.edu/alertupdates, which is part of the network of campuswide information sources linked to MTSU’s Rave Mobile Safety emergency notification system.

12:25 P.M., JULY 23, 2015: MTSU ALERT UPDATE: MTSU Police are investigating reports of shots fired late Wednesday night, July 22, outside of Murphy Center.

No injuries or damage were reported, and there are no suspects at this time.

Police responded to the scene just after 11 p.m. Wednesday when an employee working in the area reported seeing a male suspect fire a handgun into the air in the area between Murphy Center and the Kennon Sports Hall of Fame. The suspect was last seen running north toward Greenland Drive.

The employee reported that there was a group of people playing basketball in one of the auxiliary gymnasiums at the time. Police questioned multiple people, but none were able to give a detailed description of the suspect.

MTSU Police sent out emergency alerts to the campus community to stay away from the area as officers secured the scene. Investigators recovered multiple shell casings, and police issued an “all-clear” message to campus around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call MTSU Police at 615-898-2424.


1:25 P.M., JULY 23, 2015: ALL CLEAR: The university is all clear from the earlier shots-fired incident. Please report any suspicious activity to MTSU Police at 615-898-2424.


11:57 P.M., JULY 22, 2015: Shots have been reported fired on campus near the Murphy Center. If you are in that location, leave immediately if possible. Otherwise, shelter in place by finding a secure area and wait for further announcements. If you are not in that location, stay alert and away from the location. Report suspicious activity to MTSU Police at 615-898-2424.

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The overnight notification went automatically to all current MTSU students, faculty and staff via email alerts from the Rave Mobile Safety system. When necessary, the campuswide alerts also include weather-related university scheduling changes, building closures and more.

MTSU students, faculty and staff who also want to receive text and/or voice alerts can click here, log in with a PipelineMT username and password to update their contact information. (Rave Alert FAQs, including adding or changing contact information, are available here.)

When there is not a situation on or near campus warranting emergency alerts, the “Alert Updates” page displays a generic message advising visitors to check back when necessary and to contact the MTSU Police Department if any suspicious activity is observed.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)