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Police arrest 17-year-old in connection to fatal shooting outside Murphy Center

Suspect in custody MTSU shooting
Suspect in custody MTSU shooting
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:25 PM EDT
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WSMV) - Murfreesboro Police said a 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting outside MTSU’s Murphy Center on Wednesday night.

Police said the suspect, who was not identified, was arrested on Thursday in Clarksville, Tennessee. The suspect will appear in Rutherford County Juvenile Court at a later date.

“It’s a sad day for our community. This was a senseless act of violence that should have never happened,” Murfreesboro Police PIO Larry Flowers said at a news conference.

Murfreesboro Police announce an arrest in the fatal shooting outside MTSU's Murphy Center last night.

The family confirmed that Hasani (Sunny) Brewer-Gant, a 2021 graduate of Riverdale, was killed in the shooting. He would have turned 19 in July. A 17-year-old was injured in the shooting. He is now listed in stable condition.

Police said Brewer-Gant and the suspect got into an altercation and the fight spilled over to the tennis courts on the MTSU campus next to Murphy Center. During the confrontation, the suspect opened fire, killing Brewer-Gant and injuring the 17-year-old.

“This was not a random shooting,” Flowers said. “The two victims and the shooter knew each other.”

Police said after the gunfire, those around the shooting began running from the scene. The suspect started running also, blending into the crowd, and was able to leave the area.

The shooting occurred just before 9 p.m., according to law enforcement.

A vigil will be held for Gant on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Civic Plaza outside Murfreesboro City Hall.

Sunny Gray with his mother and 8-year-old sister at his graduation.
Sunny Gray with his mother and 8-year-old sister at his graduation.(Photo submitted)

Rutherford County Schools said Riverdale High School would remain closed for students on Friday, but faculty would return to the building. Counselors will be available for teachers on Friday and will be available for students when they return on Monday.

“Tonight’s shooting is a tragedy for our community: we mourn with the family who lost a loved one and the family of the person injured,” Sgt. Dan Goodwin said during a press conference on Wednesday night.

MTSU released a statement on Thursday about the shooting:

Blackman High School’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday night at the Murphy Center, where this shooting occurred. Rutherford County Schools will be adding extra security as a precaution.

“Very resilient and I know the community will bounce back,” said James Hart, a JROTC instructor at Blackman High School. “Like I said were in a good spot just want to make sure that everybody kind of keeps their level head about them this evening. I think we’ll be fine.”

Blackman High School’s graduation will go on, as scheduled, at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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