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Police search for gunman after shooting kills 1 at Tennessee HS graduation

By Ashley Williams

May 19 (UPI) -- Police say that one person was killed in a shooting late on Wednesday at a high school graduation ceremony in central Tennessee, and another person was seriously injured by the gunfire.

Officials said the shooting occurred during the ceremony on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. The university had agreed to host the graduation ceremony for students of nearby Riverdale High School.

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The attack occurred in the Murphy Center on the school's campus after the graduation ceremony had ended, authorities said.

About 450 students were participating in the commencement and hundreds of relatives and friends had attended in the stands of the Murphy Center.

Police said that one person died at the scene and another was hospitalized with gunshot wounds. That person is said to be in critical condition.

Investigators said that the shooter has not yet been captured. Officials also have not indicated whether the victims are Riverdale students.

Middle Tennessee State University posted a warning on Facebook after the shooting advising people in the vicinity of the arena to shelter in place.

Murfreesboro is located about 35 miles southeast of downtown Nashville.

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