A 17-year-old student is in critical condition after being shot Friday afternoon outside Pearl-Cohn High School, according to family members.

Family members at Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed to News 4 that DeMario Crowder had been shot five times. He is in critical condition at the hospital, according to his family.

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School officials said Crowder attends W.A. Bass Learning Center.

The shooting occurred shortly after the school dismissal for the day. The school's website said students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

Police said the school resource officer called in a "shots fired" call at 2:33 p.m. outside Pearl-Cohn High.

Students were already leaving the building when the shooting happened. Some returned to the building.

Pearl-Cohn was placed on lockout status after the shooting was reported. School officials lifted the lockout status about 3:45 p.m. Students remaining on campus were going to be escorted home by school staff unless a parent came to the school to pick them up.

School officials also placed McKissack Middle School on lockout shortly before the school's 4:15 pm. dismissal. The lockout status was lifted around 4:20 p.m.

Metro Schools announced late Friday afternoon that more security would be in place for Pearl-Cohn's basketball games at Whites Creek on Friday night.

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Liz Lohuis joined the News4 team as a general assignment reporter in January 2016.

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