Update on Campus Shooting
By J. Michaux
Metro police are in the “learning and fact-gathering mode” and appear to be close to identifying the two gunmen who investigators believe are responsible for the deadly shooting on Tennessee State University’s campus resulting in the death of 19-year-old Cameron Selmon of Memphis, and injured three other students.
Investigators have traveled to Memphis to vet tips on the identities of the two gunmen involved in the shooting.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said “Metro Police are continuing to work with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on a series of leads generated by anonymous tips.”
He also expressed optimism in the department’s ability to ultimately confirm the identities of the gunmen and hold them accountable.
The TSU surveillance video system captured two individuals fleeing shortly after the shooting. The video footage has been released to the public and the suspect(s) are still at large. Police have not released a description of the shooter(s) namely because the footage is not of sufficient quality. This is due to the darkness at the time of the shooting.
According to Metro Chief Police Steve Anderson, Metro Police seized three of the four TSU security cameras and revealed that only one camera was functional and recording footage. Although Chief Anderson was out of town during the shooting, he indicated that he spoke with President Glover and emphasized the importance of properly functioning cameras. Police spokesman Don Aaron, also confirmed that all cameras were not properly recording.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Police, and TSU officials immediately addressed campus security measures. Increased nightly patrols were launched between TSU campus police and on-duty security guards in addition to establishing an on-site satellite police security office.
The Metro police department is teamed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to offer a $5,000 reward for information on the gunman’s identity. That is in addition to a reward of up to $1,000 offered by Nashville Crime Stoppers. There have not been any arrests and anyone with information or footage of the incident is encouraged to call crime stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.