University of Memphis on Lockdown Following Deadly Overnight Shooting

MEMPHIS, TN - Classes on the main campus of the University of Memphis today have been canceled following a fatal shooting there Sunday night.

According to University Police, a student was shot in the vicinity of the Carpenter Complex at approximately 9:45 p.m.  The student reportedly drove to the intersection of Zach Curlin and Central, where he was involved in a single car accident.  The student was taken to the Med, where he was pronounced dead.

An initial investigation indicated the shooting was not an act of random violence, instead directed specifically at the victim.  Officials believe the suspect left the university area immediately.

The University of Memphis student newspaper identifies the victim as 21-year-old Taylor Bradford, a defensive lineman for the U of M football team.

After the shooting, students complained the Tiger Text emergency alert text messaging service did not immediately notify them of the shooting.  A message sent just after 4 a.m. Monday morning informed students that classes were canceled today.

(KAIT's Raycom sister station WMC contributed to this report.)