Police believe a domestic dispute may have lead to a shooting outside a Clarksville daycare center Thursday morning and the shooter remains on the loose.
Clarksville Officer Jim Knoll told Nashville's News 2 two men were fighting in the street outside Kiddieland Day Nursery on Chapel Street shortly after 9 a.m. A woman dropping off her child intervened and shots were fired by one of the men.
The other man was struck in the arm and hand. A bullet also grazed his head. He was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The woman was struck in the hand. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Investigators believe the two victims were involved in a relationship. The gunman is not in custody and was not immediately identified.
No children or daycare workers were hurt in the shooting.
Knoll said the school did a "top notch" job and workers immediately took the children to the center of the facility and locked the doors. A few workers went outside to render aid to the two victims.
Witnesses reported hearing four shots.
Police have identified more than 50 pieces of evidence in front of the daycare and through neighboring yards.
Following the shooting, a police K9 unit was brought to the scene but a suspect track was not found.
Knoll said officers are looking for a black male suspect. No further description was immediately available.
It is not known how many children were inside the daycare at the time. Several parents have picked up their children, but several children remain and are being cared for in a separate building behind the main facility.
Parent Robin Merchant told Nashville's News 2 her husband had just dropped off their three-year-old daughter when shots rang out.
"She was just now getting here. I don't think she did [hear anything] and I'm thankful," Merchant said. "I'm glad she wasn't in any danger or anything. It scared me, it really did."
Tina White, a mother of four said she quickly went to pick up her children.
"When I called they were already in lockdown and they wouldn't let me in and actually I didn't know they were under lockdown until my husband's cousin called," White explained. "I called immediately and the daycare let me know what was going on. That wasn't a problem. The daycare is good about that."
According to Clarksville police, Chapel Street is part of Operation Defiance, an effort by the department and the city to reduce crime and improve the area.
No problems have been reported at the daycare previously.
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