A 17-year-old student was injured in a shooting outside Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville Friday afternoon. The shooting took place shortly after school had been released at 26th Avenue North and Albion Street. Students said they heard multiple shots fired outside the school, and officials said two school resource officers heard the shots and ran outside to assist the victim.
Nashville Fire Department officials said the victim was shot in the back. The victim was identified as DeMario Crowder, a former Pearl Cohn student and a current W.A. Bass Learning Center student. Police said Crowder appeared to run toward a cream-colored Chrysler 300 with black rims after he was shot. The Chrysler was reported as being stolen Friday morning from a residence, and the car had been left running, unattended and unlocked. Police said it didn’t appear to be a suspect vehicle as Crowder may have actually been running to the car in an effort to receive help, but the driver fled the scene, and the vehicle had not been recovered as of Friday night.
Crowder was reportedly taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was considered to be in critical condition and underwent surgery. Family said he was “not doing well in surgery.” Officials said a suspect had not been taken into custody as of Friday afternoon, but officials said the suspected shooter ran away in the direction of 25th Avenue and Albion Street.
School Officials placed the school on lockdown after the incident, which was lifted just before 4 p.m. Students who were left on campus were escorted home by staff unless they were picked up by parents.