Teen in critical condition after shooting outside Nashville high school

(Fox 17 News)

Police said a teen was taken to the hospital after shooting outside Pearl Cohn High School on Friday, according to the Metro Nashville Public Schools spokesperson.

The Nashville Fire Department said 17-year-old Demario Crowder was shot multiple times around 2:30 p.m. He was taken to the the pediatric unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition.

Metro Nashville Police said the teen was a former Pearl Cohn student but now attends an alternative school. MNPS previously identified the teen shot as a student.

Police said after Crowder was shot, he appeared to run toward a cream-colored Chrysler 300 with black rims. The driver fled the scene, and the car has not been recovered.

Officers think Crowder was running toward the car for help as it was left running, unattended and unlocked. The car was stolen on Friday morning from a home on Mayflower Lane, but police do not think it is the suspect vehicle.

There is no suspect in custody or suspect description.

In a note to parents, MNPS said the student was shot outside the school just after dismissal, and the school was on a brief lockout. Students with after school programs are safe inside the school but will not be dismissed unless parents sign them out.

McKissack Middle School was placed on a lockout for police in the area. MNPS said students are safe and no one is allowed in or out of the school. Police could not confirm if this lockout was related to the shooting or not.

Metro Nashville Police officers are on the scene. Capt. Terrance Graves said no witnesses have come forward so far.

"Upsetting and it's not just kids shooting kids, it's people shooting people," Graves said.

MNPS said there will be additional security measures for the Pearl Cohn basketball game at White's Creek High School on Friday night.

There is no additional information about the student shot or the circumstances of the shooting. Anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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