Man dies after shooting outside basketball game at Tennessee school

Man dies after shooting outside basketball game at Tennessee school

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Man dies after shooting outside basketball game at Tennessee school

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Police responded to a report of a shooting at Whites Creek High School Friday night. (Photo: Jordan Buie , The Tennessean)

Police responded to a report of a shooting at Whites Creek High School Friday night. (Photo: Jordan Buie , The Tennessean)

Nashville Metro police have confirmed that a 23-year-old man who was shot outside Whites Creek High School during a basketball game Friday night has died.

Police say the victim, James G. Nevils, exited the gym and got into an altercation with two people during halftime of a basketball game between Whites Creek and Pearl-Cohn.

Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said the investigation shows that the victim told relatives inside he was going to take a child to the restroom, but instead walked outside the school about 50 yards from the main entrance and met with the suspects.

Aaron said surveillance video shows the victim speaking with two individuals for about 30 seconds and then being shot.

School officials asked fans at the game to remain inside, but did not specify what was going on.

Tony Majors, Metro schools chief support services officer, said the school executed its school lockdown procedures and there was no disruption of the game.

Majors said that once the lockdown procedures were in effect, officials did not believe the people inside watching the game were in any danger.

Fan John Holman said he was concerned when he learned the school was under lockdown, even though the game continued.

“It did occur to me that someone had a gun,” Holman said

“We don’t believe the suspects ever went back in the school, if they were ever in the school,” Aaron said.

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