Centennial Park Shooting Injures Boy 6-02-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Centennial Park Shooting Injures Boy 6-02-2011

Reported by Josh DeVine
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
A shooting occurred Wednesday night at Centennial Park as the season’s first Movies in the Park concluded.

Video: Security Officials Look At Safety After Park Shooting


Several shots rang out at about 10:30 p.m., about an hour after the movie ended, hitting a 15-year-old Goodlettsville boy in his left knee. The park closes at 11 p.m.
A crowd of people moved from the park to a nearby McDonald's parking lot. The boy is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Metro police said the victim was on probation out of Juvenile Court and supposed to be under a court-imposed 8 p.m. curfew. Police said the shooting happened after juveniles were seen throwing gang signs.
Police said the boy told investigators he was involved in throwing gang signs before the shooting. He described the shooter as a black man with dreadlocks wearing a blue hat.
A man was arrested Wednesday night at the park. Police said he was carrying a revolver, but it was unrelated to the shooting.
Jackie Jones, spokeswoman for Metro Parks, said 23 officers were patrolling the park, there were six mounted units, one "skywatch" tower and two ATVs. She said park police and the director of Metro Parks are discussing what happened and what, if anything, needs to change.
Chris Ferrell, CEO of Southcomm, the parent company of the Nashville Scene, said the magazine would work with police and evaluate logistics, given what happened. The Nashville Scene sponsors the event, which has been around for 16 years. He said there were only about 10 people -- staffers and cleanup contractors -- at the park when the shooting happened.
Tipsters can call CrimeStoppers at 74-CRIME.
The Movies in the Park schedule is:
June 8 - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" June 15 - "Sherlock Holmes" June 22 - "Despicable Me" June 29 - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

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