Three People Shot At Delaware State University Cookout

April 19, 2015  |  

Three people were shot at a Delaware State University yesterday afternoon and this morning.

The first shooting took place at a campus cookout and the second shooting took place in the parking lot of the University Courtyard. Thankfully, no one was injured at the second shooting. However, three people were rushed to the Kent General Hospital at the first one. All three victims are currently in stable condition.

According to USA Today,

The shooting was on the school’s main campus during Field Day, a large annual cookout that began at 4 p.m. and was scheduled to end at 9 p.m. Photos posted on social media indicate thousands of people were in attendance at the picnic-like event.

DSU students took to Twitter just after 8 p.m. to report hearing shots fired on campus. Campus officials sent out a text alert about the shooting just 9 p.m., advising that people “remain inside until further notice.”

Police, some carrying assault rifles, from the Dover, Milford, Smyrna and Wyoming departments responded to the scene. A helicopter shined a spotlight onto the ground as part of the search.

Two police cars slowly patrolled up and down the concrete paths in the main area, blaring sirens to get crowds to disperse. Police cars and a prisoner transport van were stationed in front of the University Courtyard Apartments located off College Avenue.

No arrests had been made as of 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

“The safety of our students continues to be paramount and our police will aggressively continue their investigation until an arrest or arrests are made in this shooting incident,” Williams said.

After police dispersed the crowds from DSU, hundreds of students and campus visitors reportedly moved to areas surrounding the campus. Dover resident Richard Keithly said he saw police directly large crowds away from the Best Buy parking lot across the street from DSU’s campus. A nearby convenience store also closed early, he said.

Students took to Twitter soon after the incident to report hearing shots fired. Short videos reportedly recorded before and after the incident and uploaded to social media sites show crowds of students with police sirens heard in the background, officers ushering students away from campus and a fight involving several people.

The last shooting on Delaware State University’s Dover campus was in early November when a student was shot in the chest during what police described as a drug-related robbery.

That incident occurred in the parking lot of the Living and Learning Commons residence hall, a former Sheraton hotel on DuPont Highway, about a half-mile north of the main campus.

Two Dover residents were charged with first-degree assault and weapons charges.

It’s truly disturbing to hear about shootings on college campuses. College is supposed to be a time in every young adult’s life where they should be able to have fun in a safe environment. As of late, it seems as though this experience is changing for the worse for some.


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