Macon County schools close as precaution due to shooting

Macon County schools close as precaution due to shooting (Image 1)

A drive-by shooting occurred late Thursday afternoon in Macon County and the suspect is still at large, leading officials to close schools as a precaution.

The Director of Macon County Schools said that all schools will be closed Friday, March 15 because they want their teachers and students to be safe.

The safety is a concern due to a shooting that took place late Thursday afternoon near a Hometown Foods in Lafayette.

The grocery store is located across the street from Macon Christian Academy.

The victim, who has since been identified as Tommy Hillard, was reportedly sitting in a car in at a stop sign when he was shot.

He was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police are still in pursuit of the suspect.

The investigation is ongoing.

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