3 People Shot At Delaware State University During Cookout
Three people were shot at a Delaware State University student event Saturday, resulting in a police search across the campus and nearby areas.
Via Delaware Online reports:
The shooting was reported at about 8 p.m. at a school-sanctioned sorority and fraternity cookout event, university President Harry L. Williams said in a statement.
Early Sunday morning, shots rang out again, this time in the parking lot at University Courtyard, a DSU-run student housing complex just off the main campus. No one was injured in the second incident.
At about 1:30 a.m. school officials sent out an alert notifying students that shots were fired at 1:15 a.m. and also released a description of a suspect.
Police were looking for a black man with short dreadlocks, 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-11 and wearing a tan and blue long sleeve T-shirt and white sneakers, according to the alert. The suspect was driving a dark colored 4-door vehicle.
Students were encouraged to remain inside.
The victims from the earlier shooting were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover and were reported in stable condition late Saturday, Williams said.
The names of the victims were not being released late Saturday. University spokesman Carlos Holmes said he didn’t know if they are Delaware State students.
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.
“It looks like this happened in the middle of it,” Holmes said. “We’ve directed our students to get into their dormitories and stay there, and we’ve directed outsiders to get off of our campus at this point.”
Holmes declined to say whether any suspects have been identified, stating only that the Delaware State University Police Department is leading the investigation with assistance from the Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police and other law enforcement agencies.
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