A shooting on Monday at Nashville’s Music City Central bus station injured four teenagers.
At 3.30pm shots were heard resulting in four victims including Javious Chatman, 18, who was shot in the abdomen and remains in critically condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Two 16-year-olds, Nathaniel Webb and Jonathan Stoner, and 17-year-old Jalen Jeffries suffered minor injuries, said Metro police spokesman, Don Aaron, as reported by The Tennessean.
Metro police are questioning two 17-year-old boys. According to the police, they have obtained security footage of the suspects riding up and down the escalators.
Mayor Megan Barry released a statement following the news of the shooting, of which police have not ruled out whether the incident was gang-related.
“My heart sank when I heard that youth were the victims in this shooting, and my hope and prayer for those victims and their families is that they have a full and speedy recovery,” Barry stated in a statement shared on Twitter.
“‘Metro Police will be assigning additional officers to the terminal in the coming days, and as a clearer picture of the shooting today comes into view, I will be meeting with Police and MTA officials to see what we can do better to improve security at Music City Central and prevent incidents like this in the future.”
Adding, “As Mayor, as a Nasvillian, and as a mother, I will never accept a status quo where our children fear being victims of violence when getting on a bus, going to school, or walking in their neighborhoods.”