Statement in Response to Shooting at MTSU

On Wednesday May 18th, Rutherford County Sherriff’s Office held a press conference to discuss a shooting that occurred near the Middle Tennessee State University Murphy Center. The incident happened following a graduation ceremony for Riverdale High School where it was reported that 450 graduates were in attendance along with hundreds of family members and supporters. The details are still unfolding, but at this point, one person has been confirmed deceased and a second is in critical condition.

This is obviously shocking and heartbreaking news for residents of Tennessee and specifically Rutherford county. “Our condolences are being sent this morning to the families and friends of those killed or injured and to all of those who were affected by this tragic event,” said Phyllis Persinger, President & CEO of Volunteer Behavioral Health (VBH).

The perpetrator of this crime is still currently at large and police agencies have not released any additional information in regards to a motive or a description of the suspect, other than to say they have a person of interest. It should be noted that the Rutherford County Schools District will close Riverdale High today as a safety precaution. MTSU is stating that “The threat no longer appears to exist on campus, and it is safe to resume normal activities. The investigation remains active. Please report any suspicious activity to MTSU Police at 615-898-2424.”

Volunteer remains ready to support our clients and communities as always and are here to help get through this difficult time. We will be contacting many of our community partners to provide assistance with our available resources.

Crisis Services are available 24-hours a day to respond to adults experiencing a mental health crisis at 1-800-704-2651. If a child or youth under age 18 is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the statewide crisis line at 855-274-7471.