Teen arrested after shooting 1, forces lockdown at Smyrna High School

WSMV's Marissa Sulek spoke to witnesses who say they saw a man get shot in Smyrna Friday evening.
Published: Oct. 14, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT
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SMYRNA, Tenn. (WSMV) - Smyrna Police are investigating Friday night after one person was injured in a shooting at an apartment building in Smyrna.

The Ridgemont Park apartments off Bulldog Circle are a block away from Smyrna High Schools Friday night lights.

Michael Stewart and his son had arrived at the complex and when they arrived, Stewart and a 17-year-old got into an argument.

The juvenile shot Stewart twice and he was taken to a local hospital.

The 17-year-old was charged with attempted first-degree homicide and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and juvenile possession of a handgun.

As crowds came out to watch football, so did Vince Trapani, whose eyes saw a lot more hours before.

“It was one after another,” says Trapani.

He says he saw what led up to the scene where detectives were measuring, capturing, and investigating.

“I saw a young man come out of his apartment and yell and scream that “you killed my papa” with some profanities in there, very irate,” he said.

Trapani says in minutes, 12 police cars were in his complex and home for 10 years.

“As I was scooting out at the other side of the entrance, I saw a police officer, full gear, with like an assault rifle running down the sidewalk,” he explains.

“They were practicing for their homecoming, their little game, and the next think you know you hear gunshots,” said Sierra Brown, who lives in the Ridgemont Park apartments.

She recorded a video of a man being taken into custody by Smyrna Police but is concerned for her child who heard it all.

“I have a seven-year-old son,” she says. “He was like “what’s going on mommy?” I was like ‘nothing, nothing, just sit for a minute.’ And when I went to go see what happened and it was crazy. It was emotional for everyone.”

Police said the person was transported to a local hospital with injuries following the shooting. Their condition was not immediately available.

Police said a person of interest was in custody Friday evening.

Rutherford County school spokesman James Evans said Smyrna High School had to be put on lockdown after the shooting at the apartments adjacent to the high school. The school is no longer on lockdown.

WSMV 4 will update this story when more information is available.