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Man gunned down at high school basketball game in Tennessee

NBC News logo NBC News 12/2/2021 David K. Li
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A man was killed at a high school basketball game in western Tennessee on Tuesday night after gunfire erupted at halftime, officials said.

Police identified Jadon Davon Hardiman as the suspect late Wednesday afternoon, and the 18-year-old from Jackson surrendered a short time later, Humboldt authorities said.

Shots were fired in the gymnasium lobby at Humboldt Junior & Senior High School during the break in Tuesday's game between the host Vikings and visiting North Side High School, according to a statement from Humboldt City Schools.

There was an "altercation between two adults that resulted in the exchange of gunfire," the statement said. "No students were involved in the incident, and no students were injured."


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The fatally wounded man was identified as 21-year-old Humboldt resident Justin Kevon Pankey, police said Wednesday. Xavier Clifton, an 18-year-old from Jackson, was seriously wounded in the shooting, authorities said.

Before Hardiman was taken into custody, police said he "should be considered armed and dangerous."

It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday evening if the suspect had hired a defense attorney.

Tuesday night's Humboldt-North Side game was not completed following the shooting, and all classes were called off at the district's three campuses on Wednesday.

The school is about 100 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville.

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