Dog, 8 people shot in Nashville after argument over canine ends in gunfire, police say

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Eight people and a dog were injured early Sunday in downtown Nashville after an argument over the canine resulted in a shooting, according to officials. 

The Metro Nashville Police Department said the incident happened around 1 a.m. at the corner of Second Avenue North and Commerce Street, just a block from the city's famed Broadway district. 

A small crowd was in the area when two men started arguing over a dog that belonged to one of them.

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The dog's owner allegedly pulled out a handgun, police said, while the other man left and returned a few minutes later with a group of other men and his own firearm. 

Eight people and a dog were injured early Sunday in downtown Nashville after an argument over the canine resulted in a shooting, according to officials. 
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The two groups then began fighting, exchanging gunfire in the downtown area.

A total of eight people, all adults, were struck or grazed by bullets, police told FOX17.

Randell Stroud, who was walking home with a group of friends when he ran into the two men, said it was “pandemonium" when shots rang out.

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“The first shot, it came from behind me to the left and it scraped the side of my head back here. It hit me and I felt this intense pressure and this intense kind of burning heat,” Stroud told WKRN-TV. “It was four or five shots all in repetition bang, bang, bang, bang, bang!”

While Stroud said he was treated on scene, seven people were transported to local hospitals for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The dog was also shot in the hip and transported to an emergency vet, the Tennessean reported. The canine's condition was not yet known.

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Police said they recovered a handgun from the scene and that the investigation is ongoing.

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