DSU president refuses comment on shootings

DOVER— Delaware State University Police continue to investigate two weekend shootings.

No arrests have been made in either incident.

On Wednesday, DSU President Dr. Harry L. Williams declined to comment on the shooting incidents, and referenced early statements released by the university’s Office of Public Relations.

DSU campus police is the lead agency investigating the incidents. Dover Police, Delaware State Police and other agencies are assisting.

The first shooting occurred at 8 p.m. Saturday during a university-sanctioned student Greek cook-out event.

The annual Field Day,  sponsored by the university’s Residential Education Division, had ended earlier in the day.

Three people were injured and taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. None were associated with DSU.

The event was well-attended and included numerous guests from the surrounding area, according to a news release issued by the university.

An estimated 3,000 people were at Saturday’s student-run Greek cookout, including fraternities and sororities from other colleges, when the first shooting took place, said a DSU spokesman.

A second incident was reported at 1:15 a.m. Sunday during which shots were reportedly fired near the University Courtyard Apartments. There were no injuries.

Delaware State Police said Sunday that multiple units from the state police responded to assist in crowd control after a request from campus police.

At one point, a state police helicopter was seen hovering above the campus. Students took to Twitter and other social media to post photos and video of scenes of police and student activity.

The university used its emergency text notification system to urge students to remain inside after the shooting.


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