Police search near East Nashville schools after shooting - WSMV News 4

Police search near East Nashville schools after shooting

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A so-called "lock out" has been lifted at three East Nashville schools after a man said he was shot in the area Thursday afternoon.

Metro police say 34-year-old William Edward Givens Jr. showed up to Metro General Hospital with a gunshot wound, claiming the shooting took place near 7th Avenue North and Howerton.

As a precaution, Metro schools placed three schools on lock out - Ross Elementary on McFarrin Street, Meigs Magnet on Ramsey Street and Warner Elementary on Russell Street - while officers searched the area.

As opposed to a lockdown, a lock out means normal school activity continues inside but people are not allowed in or out of the school, according to a district spokesperson.

There is no word yet on where the possible gunman went after the shooting, and the lock out was lifted after about an hour.

The gunshot victim was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for further treatment. He was listed in listed critical but stable condition.

A motive in the shooting is unknown, and Givens has previous cocaine possession and felon in possession of a weapon convictions.

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