Investigation ongoing after gunfire erupts near downtown Nashville, three injured

(Fox 17 News photo)

Metro Police said three men were injured, one of whom is in critical condition, in a triple shooting early Friday morning near downtown Nashville.

More than 50 shell casings were found at 8th Avenue South and Division Street where gunfire erupted at about 1:40 a.m.

Ken Dixon, 25, of Nashville, was shot in the head and is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, police said. Darrin Tyson, 27, and Mark Tate, 24, both of Nashville were injured in the shooting and have since been released from the hospital.

Officers responded after hearing gunfire ring out and found that a Buick sedan had crashed in the 700 block of 8th Avenue South.

Employees in the area said this shooting is completely outside the norm for the area.

"It’s unbelievable," Rob Birkhead said. "I can’t believe it would happen right here. Maybe 15 years ago but not today."

Police are still trying to gather details in the case, but said so far, five people are being questioned, some from Nashville and others from the Memphis area. Four guns have been seized and four vehicles are being processed for evidence.

Following the shooting, officers pulled over a vehicle along Hagan Street that was driving without headlights on and calling out for a person whom police believe they were looking for. Three of the guns seized came from that vehicle.

All three people injured in the shooting were taken to the hospital in private vehicles.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also involved in the case.

Denise Knowles, the office manager at Agenda, said they had no incidents at their event last night, which is just one block away from the shooting locations.

Last night we had between 14-16 security guards, our security team is armed, and we keep everything under control," Knowles said. "Even if there was a situation, they’re professional. They eliminate an issue if it happens. Last night there were no issues."

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