In the last 18 hours, there have been two shootings on university campuses, one right here in Pennsylvania. We must continue to fight against gun violence and ensure that these events never become routine or business as usual.
A Widener University student was shot Monday night near the campus’s Schwartz Athletic Complex, school and city police said. The gunman is still believed to be at large. Students were asked to remain inside overnight, but authorities do not believe the shooter is still on the campus, and classes were expected to resume as normal on Tuesday morning.
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The victim is at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in critical but stable condition. According to Widener Public Information Officer Dan Hanson, “all indications are this was not a random act of violence.”
Officers found one shell casing at the scene believed to belong to a revolver, and K-9 units tracked the suspect’s scent in the direction of the Summer Hill neighborhood. Police are also reviewing surveillance footage.
Hours later, a shooting at Purdue University on Tuesday in West Lafayette, Indiana ended with one person dead and the gunman in custody. Read more at USA Today.
According to university police chief John Cox, the shooter walked into a room at the Electrical Engineering Department “with the intention of harming someone,” exited, and gave himself up. He was not armed when he turned himself in and did not resist arrest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as well as with the university communities. We will continue to fight against any efforts to allow guns onto our university campuses.