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Teen Shot After Event At Centennial Park

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By Janet Kim & Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A teenage boy was hit and hundreds of people scrambled for cover after shots rang out at Centennial Park Wednesday night.

The incident happened thirty minutes after "Movies in the Park" ended. It is an annual event for outdoor movie-goers and vendors held at the bandshell.

Hundreds of people were still lingering at the park after the outdoor movie event.

The police presence was stepped up around 9:30 p.m. after multiple Twitter reports of some kind of disturbance.

NewsChannel 5 also saw tweets warning of some sort of violence at the park, and responded to the scene.

They had not attended the movie. Photojournalist Jimmy Farmer got exclusive video of the scene.

Officials said a 15-year old was hit in the knee with the bullet. Police did not believe he was a target.

Police said the teen admitted to throwing gang signs. The 15-year-old had been arrested for five assault charges, a resisting police charge, a drug charge and a loitering during school hours charge. The teen was suppose to under a court-imposed 8 p.m. curfew.

There were approximately 30 officers working in the park Wednesday night as part of the public safety plan.

Police were still trying to figure out who fired the shots. One man was arrested for having a loaded gun, but police did not think he had anything to do with the shooting. The victim described the shooter as a black male with dreadlocks who was wearing a blue hat.

Witnesses said the whole incident was upsetting.

"This is ridiculous," said Chelsea Fletcher. "You can't do nothing. It's just stupid. It's ridiculous."

Officials said the teen injured was suffering from non-life threatening injuries and was expected to recover.

Police said they were working with few details on the suspect's description. Anyone with information should call Metro Police's Crime Stoppers hotline at 74-CRIME. 

Future "Movies in the Park" screenings are set to go on next week.

E-mail: jkim@newschannel5.com & aghassemi@newschannel5.com

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