Metro officers on site responded to a shooting at approximately 10:40 p.m. last night at Centennial Park, roughly an hour after the park's first "Movies in the Park" event of the summer. The 15-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the knee and is reported in stable condition at Vanderbilt. The shooter has not yet been found.
From James Nix in the CP:
Detectives from Metro’s West Precinct, as well as detectives from Metro’s Youth Services Division, are investigating the incident. Metro police’s gang unit is also looking into whether there was any gang involvement.
According to information provided by Metro Parks, there were a number of police and parks officers on hand, including six mounted patrol and two on ATVs. There were 23 officers on foot, as well as six in plain clothes, a mobile booking unit and a police watchtower at the park.
The shooting did not happen at "Movies in the Park," as media outlets has reported earlier. The event, sponsored by the Nashville Scene, drew the largest crowd in its history without incident, but Nix reports the shooting occurred in a separate area of the park after most vendors and patrons had cleared out. The area surrounding the Parthenon has become a gathering place for Nashville teens on movie nights.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The CP's Nix reports that the shooting may have been instigated by teens flashing gang signs at each other: "At least 30 Metro police and Metro Parks police were on-hand working security at the event when they heard shots near the Parthenon around 10:40 p.m. after the group of juveniles had been told to disperse when police saw them flashing gang signs." As for the victim, Nix writes, "the teen is currently on probation out of Juvenile Court and was to be under an 8 p.m. curfew, police said. ... He described the suspected shooter as a black male with dreadlocks and who wore a blue hat."