UPDATED Sept. 24, 2007 – Dover Police say a suspect is in custody in the shooting of two Delaware State students, CNN reports.
Meanwhile, police investigating Friday’s shooting of two students at historically Black Delaware State University say they do not believe that the violence was triggered by a gang-related battle over turf. Campus Police Chief James Overton also said that the male student police are seeking is no longer on campus.
The shootings might have been an extension of a dispute that reportedly erupted among a group of eight to 10 students around midnight at a campus café, police said. According to witnesses, students from D.C. and New Jersey began beefing, and at around 1 a.m. six shots rang out; two found human targets.
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"They've been getting into it, New Jersey people and D.C. people," student James Dillion told The Associated Press. "Thursday night, they saw each other again and got into it. Everybody's still astonished about what happened."
Freshman Shalita Middleton, 17, was shot twice in the abdomen, and 17-year-old freshman Nathaniel Pew was shot once in the ankle. Both are from the Washington, D.C., area, according to police.
CNN reports that when Pew was asked about what happened, he refused to give police any details, according to federal authorities – which now has them thinking he just may know the attacker. Police have not been able to interview Middleton because of her serious condition, the network reported.
Classes resumed on Sunday, according to university officials.
This is the second time in recent months that Delaware State University has been linked to tragedy involving gun violence.
At the start of the fall semester, the campus community held a memorial service for three students and an incoming student shot execution style on Aug. 4 as they hung out at an elementary school in their hometown of Newark, N.J. Natasha Aeriel, 19; her brother, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and Dashon Harvey, 20, were students. Iofemi Hightower, 20, had planned to attend Delaware State this fall. Natasha Aeriel, the only survivor, helped police identify six suspects who have been arrested.
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