msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 2/14/2011 6:13:58 PM ET 2011-02-14T23:13:58

A Middle Tennessee State University police official says a suspect is in custody after a shooting on campus.

Lt. Jim Fangey said early Monday afternoon that information coming into his office indicated Murfreesboro City Police, who were aiding the campus force, caught the suspect in the aerospace building.

Fangey said the shooting appears to be an outgrowth of an argument between two students during which one produced a gun and shot the other. Fangey described the wound as minor and said the victim was shot in the hand.

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A campus alert was issued around noon, notifying students and staff members of the shooting and telling them to stay where they were inside buildings. A subsequent e-mail from the university canceled the alert and said the weapon was confiscated.

The names of the victim or suspect have not been released, and it was unclear if they were students at the university.

Student Jenny Lee told Nashville Public Radio that she was inside the aerospace building when police ordered an evacuation.

"I was a little shocked that someone would bring a gun onto the campus and a little worried about where the guy was," she told the radio station.

Also, six Rutherford County schools, all located near the campus, were placed on lockdown as a precaution during the incident, spokesman James Evans said.

Like many other states, guns are banned on college campuses in Tennessee. In 2009, a bill in the state legislature was defeated that would have allowed faculty and off-duty police officers to carry weapons on campus.

The Texas legislature is considering legislation to allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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