Man critically injured after being shot in head at off-campus TSU dorm

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head early Friday morning at a dorm building for Tennessee State University.

Metro police believe illegal drug sales may be involved in the shooting that left Jhonquis Compton, 19, injured.

Compton was shot around 1 a.m. in front of the Jenkins Dorm on Heiman Street near 23rd Avenue North.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Jenkins is on property owned by House of God church but is leased by the university as additional dorm space. It is not on the school’s campus.

The 19-year-old, of 17th Avenue North, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition.

News 2 caught up with TSU’s president, Dr. Glenda Glover, at a press conference for an unrelated matter. She spoke briefly on this morning’s shooting.

“Anytime I hear about a shooting anywhere in Nashville, anywhere, it always affects your heart, and we just make sure we have everything in place, and the safety elements were not compromised, and that’s where we were,” said Dr. Glover.

Compton was reportedly shot by a black man who had gold twists in his hair. He fled in a dark Pontiac sedan.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

According to Metro police, Compton was also wounded in a shooting at 14th Avenue North and Buchanan Street on Aug. 19. There is no immediate indication that incident is directly connected to the overnight shooting.