With few known details, the Metro police investigation into a Saturday night shooting near the grounds of the Tennessee State Fair is at a standstill.
At 11:05 p.m. Saturday, about a half hour after the state fair is scheduled to close according to its website, South Precinct officers responded to a shots-fired call that apparently happened in a fairgrounds parking lot near the intersection of Rains and Wedgewood avenues.
Police later learned that a 17-year-old suffered non- life-threatening injuries in the shooting, but police spokesman Don Aaron said detectives are likely not getting the full story from the juvenile, who remains unidentified.
Officers arrived on the scene Saturday as late-night storms moved through the area. The investigation at the parking lot turned up little evidence other than some spent shell casings. Aaron declined to say what caliber the casings were or how many police found.
While investigating the scene, officers learned that a 17-year-old had arrived a Baptist Hospital with a gunshot wound. Speaking with detectives, police said the boy told them he was part of large crowd of people heading to the parking lot to escape the rain. That’s when, he said, he heard three shots before he felt pain in his right shoulder.
Police said the 17-year-old told them he wasn’t with anyone he knew at the time and that, after being shot, he ran and got into the car of an unknown woman, who drove him to Baptist. When pressed for details, the boy said he couldn’t describe the woman or her car.
“He said that he didn’t see who was shooting or why shots were being fired,” Aaron said, adding that by the time officers arrived on the scene any potential witnesses had left. Police have not developed a suspect description in the shooting.
“We believe it likely that [the juvenile] may have more information than he was willing to report to the officers on Saturday night and early Sunday morning,” Aaron said.
Aaron said the boy was apparently treated and released from Baptist.