Victim in stable condition following "seemingly targeted" Nashville bus station shooting

Javious Chatman, 18, identified as person seriously wounded in "seemingly targeted" shooting at a bus station in downtown Nashville. (Metro PD)

UPDATE Metro police say Javious Chatman, 18, is now in stable condition following a seemingly target shooting at Music City Central bus station in downtown Nashville on Tuesday.

Police said they are also pursuing very strong leads. The two juveniles who were detained following the incident have been questioned and released. Both claim they have nothing to do with the shooting that injured four teenagers.


Police say four teenagers were injured in a shooting at the Music City Central bus station by the Capitol.

Police say Javious Chatman, 18, is in critical condition.

Nathaniel Webb and Jonathan Stoner, both 16, and Jalen Jeffries, 17, received minor non-critical wounds.

The shots were fired near top of the escalator send 3:30 right as dozens of school aged children were getting on the bus to go home.

A 16 year old Martin Luther King Junior Magnet student who's asked not to be identified was among some 20 on the bus right by the escalator.

"At first me and my friends were looking at each other, is that what we think it was? So we were scared they could get on our bus at any second," said the student.

That student says she dropped to the floor for cover and immediately called her mother.

"I was like mom something is happening I"m scared," said the student.

The gunman didn't enter the bus but the scattering scene did yield two young men police are calling persons of interest.

Those 17 year olds were seen running away from the bus station by a window washer who police say also noticed them dropping a gun.

"About that time police officers responded and the window washer yelled from his perch stop them," said police spokesperson Don Aaron.

Aaron says police are now talking with the two men and reviewing security video of the escalator that he says shows the men going up and down.

At this point police are not calling them suspects and they aren't ready to say the gun they dropped is the gun used in the shooting but police do believe Chatman was the target.

"This does not appear at all to be a random happenstance event," said Aaron.

Police plan to have a larger presence at the bus station Tuesday morning and evening.


UPDATE: Metro Police have identified the victim in what they call a targeted shooting at Music City Central bus station shooting in downtown Nashville on Monday.

Javious Chatman, 18, is identified as the person seriously wounded. He was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital in critical condition following the shooting about 3:30 p.m.

Three others, Nathaniel Webb & Jonathan Stoner, both 16, and Jalen Jeffries, 17, received non-critical wounds, Metro said.

Police said shots were fired in the vicinity of the upper level escalator at the bus station. Police said the area was very crowed at the time.

People, mostly juveniles, began running at the sound of gunfire. Police believe the three teens not seriously injured in the shooting were struck accidentally by stray rounds.

The two 17-year-old males are being questioned after a window washer said they were seen disposing of a gun minutes after the shooting.

Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro Police, said a window washer saw the two teens dispose of a semi-automatic gun near an escalator at the Metro City Central bus station in downtown Nashville.

Aaron said the window washer yelled at Metro officers to stop the two he had saw with a gun. Metro Police said a semi-automatic gun was found in nearby shrubbery.

There are more than 4,000 students who ride the MTA bus everyday. There were four officers on scene when the shooting happened, but none close to the shooting. Aaron said patrols will be heightened in the morning and afternoon hours on Tuesday.

Police said the act does not appear to be random and that the three teens who suffered non-life threatening injuries were hit accidentally.

Detectives, aided by surveillance video, are pursuing a number of leads as they work to identify the shooter. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Meanwhile, Mayor Megan Barry released the following statement in regards to the shooting:

"The shooting today at Music City Central is a tragic reminder of the plague of gun violence in our society, where one person with a gun can devastate lives and bring a city to a halt in a moment's notice. My heart sank when I heard that youth were the victims in this shooting, and my hope and prayer for those victims and their families is that they have a full and speedy recovery.
"Metro Police will be assigning additional officers to the terminal in the coming days, and as a clearer picture of the shooting today comes into view, I will be meeting with Police and MTA officials to see what we can do better to improve security at Music City Central and prevent incidents like this in the future.
"As Mayor, as a Nashvillian, and as a mother, I will never accept a status quo where our children fear being victims of violence when getting on a bus, going to school, or walking in their neighborhoods. I remain committed to working with our entire community to implement recommendations from the Youth Violence Summit Report and create better outcomes for all of our children."


UPDATE: Two people have been taken into custody in connection to a downtown Nashville shooting that's left four teens injured, one in critical condition.

The shooting happened at MTA Music City Central bus station at Charlotte and 5th Ave about 3:45 p.m. The bus terminal is a few blocks from the state Capitol and a few blocks off Broadway near the heart of downtown Nashville.

Police said a they believe a gunman opened fire on a group of juveniles who were standing in between a bus and an escalator. There was reportedly a bus carrying about 20 people near the shooting.

All four victims are heading to Vanderbilt Hospital, according to Nashville Fire Department. The four injured are teenagers, ranging in age from 15 to 18.

An 18-year-old is in critical condition. Two subjects, both males, have been taken into custody. Police on scene said a weapon has been recovered.

There's no motive or cause right now. Keep checking for updates.

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LIVE updates from Erika Kurre:

Metro police said a shooting has been reported at Music City Central in downtown Nashville.

Police said it happened about 3:45 p.m. Monday at the bus station at Charlotte Ave. and 5th Ave., about two blocks away from the state capitol.

Metro Police said there were at least four victims. One person was reportedly shot in the leg and another person apparently has shrapnel wounds in their upper torso. One 18-year-old is in critical condition.

Some businesses in the area were on lock down.

There's a huge area that's shut down at this time. The suspect was seen running away from the bus station. He's described at a black male, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Multiple people said they heard shots.

FOX 17 has a crew headed to the scene and will be providing updates. Keep checking for more.

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