University locked down after students shot

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  1. Claire

    Claire New Member

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    (CNN) -- Police combed the Delaware State University campus on Friday for a man who shot two students, leaving a woman in a "potentially life-threatening" condition, a school spokesman said.

    The university was on lockdown after the shootings near the Memorial Hall sports arena, which university police said were reported Friday at 12:54 a.m. ET .

    "Until the suspect is apprehended, students, faculty and staff are being directed to remain in their buildings until further notice," a school statement said.

    The female student was shot twice; the male was shot once, said spokesman Carlos Holmes. They were taken to Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Delaware's capital.

    Several law enforcement agencies were aiding the search, he said. Video Watch police respond after the shootings »

    Police "are developing some leads," Holmes said. "They seem to be making some progress and we're hoping for an arrest soon."

    Commuter student Eduardo Rivera, 25, of Milford, told The Associated Press that he had considered the campus safe.

    "I'm shocked," Rivera told AP Friday as he arrived at the shut-down school. "I don't expect to hear something like this when I'm trying to go to class -- it's weird."

    No one is being allowed in or out of campus dormitories while university and city police pursue the suspect, the school statement said. The school houses about 1,700 students.

    Police said they planned to interview the victims for more information, according to AP. "We haven't had a chance to talk to them yet, and that's probably a big reason why the suspect is still at large," said Holmes on KYW-TV, according to AP.

    Immediately after the shooting, Holmes said, the university posted "timely warning notifications" in residential halls, on Web sites and on campus phone messages.

    "Any time you pick up a phone you automatically hear a message that lets you know the situation," Holmes said. "We've used everything we have at our disposal."

    University personnel and students can check the status of the situation on the campus Web site at www.desu.edu and by calling (302) 857-7669.

    An investigation report released in August criticized officials at Virginia Polytechnic Institute after the shooting deaths of dozens of students on April 16. An independent investigative panel that released its assessment concluded that more timely and specific information by Virginia Tech officials might have saved lives.

    Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 students and staff at Virginia Polytechnic before killing himself. Seventeen others were wounded in the shootings.

    The university was struck by tragedy last month when three teens who were either enrolled at Delaware State or in the process of doing so were shot to death execution-style in a Newark, New Jersey, school yard. Another teen was wounded.

    The university was founded in 1890 as the State College for Colored Students, a land grant college for agriculture and mechanical arts. The school now considers itself diversified.
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    The 400-acre main campus is located on the north side of Dover, Delaware's capital.

    Delaware State University is about two hours away from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, and three hours away from New York City.
     

  2. Claire

    Claire New Member

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    LOL Go ahead & delete this

    Guess I haven't had enough coffee yet and missed the other thread