Music City Central back in operation with extra security

After yesterday’s shooting at Music City Central, police are stepping up patrols of the central bus station:

Police are saying that the incident doesn’t appear to have been random.  After viewing surveillance footage from the terminal, they say that the shooter was riding the escalators up and down before shooting, as if he were looking for someone.  Although two teenagers are in custody, police are not yet sure if they are suspects in the shooting.

Mayor Barry released a statement focusing on youth violence in the city, which has been a major focus in her administration, but didn’t have much to say about the MTA itself:

The shooting today at Music City Central is a tragic reminder of the plague of gun violence in our society, where one person with a gun can devastate lives and bring a city to a halt in a moment’s notice. My heart sank when I heard that youth were the victims in this shooting, and my hope and prayer for those victims and their families is that they have a full and speedy recovery.

Metro Police will be assigning additional officers to the terminal in the coming days, and as a clearer picture of the shooting today comes into view, I will be meeting with Police and MTA officials to see what we can do better to improve security at Music City Central and prevent incidents like this in the future.

As Mayor, as a Nashvillian, and as a mother, I will never accept a status quo where our children fear being victims of violence when getting on a bus, going to school, or walking in their neighborhoods. I remain committed to working with our entire community to implement recommendations from the Youth Violence Summit Report and create better outcomes for all of our children.

Yesterday, the lower level of the terminal reopened fairly soon after the incident, but the upper level buses continued to board on the streets around the station.  Today, the station is back in full operation:

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Stolen horse … back then

A $5 reward was offered for the safe return of a horse with a freshly-cut foretop, according to this advisory issued by the Nashville police of 1909:

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Shooting at central bus station

One teenager was critically injured, while three others received minor injuries, by a gunman at Music City Central just before 4:00 this afternoon. The shooting happened on the escalator. Two suspects are now reported to be in police custody.

A nearby citizen told WSMV that he saw an estimated 25 emergency vehicles arrive at the scene.

This is sure to affect the evening commute home for most bus commuters who use the central station, but the only alert put out by the MTA was, “Customers may experience some delays to our services due to an emergency at Music City Central.”

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Bike valet at Centennial

Freddie O’Connell admired the bike valet offered at the Nashville Earth Day Festival yesterday. Walk Bike Nashville, which ran the free service, reported that over 100 cyclists took advantage of the bike valets.

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Across the city today, Nasvillians came together to clean up their neighborhoods:

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Donut Sandwich at Earth Day Festival

Update: I assumed the Earth Day Festival was on Earth Day. In fact, it was Saturday.

Yes, today is Earth Day.  Be good to Mother Nature and all.  But the real star of today’s Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park is Julia’s Bakery‘s donut sandwich:

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