Three injured in Delaware State University shooting

DOVER – Three people were injured in a shooting incident Saturday evening at Delaware State University.

In a prepared statement released just after 11 p.m., the university said the shooting occurred about 8 p.m. on campus during Field Day, “an annual university-sanctioned student Greek cook-out event.”

A photo posted on Twitter Saturday night shows the crowds and police activity on the Delaware State University campus in Dover.

A photo posted on Twitter Saturday night shows the crowds and police activity on the Delaware State University campus in Dover.

The students were all transported to Kent General Hospital in Dover and are reported to be in stable condition, the statement said. The identities of the victims are unknown at this time.

“The student residential population has been directed to stay in their residential halls. Non-DSU individuals are being directed off-campus,” the statement said. “This is currently an active investigation. No arrest(s) have been made as of 11 p.m. on April 18.

“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. DSU campus police are the lead agency investigating the incident. The Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police and other agencies are providing assistance.”

Through an emergency text notification system, students were advised to remain inside after reports of a shooting.

Hundreds of students were on campus at the time, according to posts shared on social media.

At 9:45 p.m., a Dover Police Department spokesman said officers had been called to campus by DSU police and had been there at least an hour assisting in an ongoing incident. Citing DSU authorities as the lead law enforcement agency in the incident, Dover PD declined further comment.

Delaware State Police confirmed that troopers were assisting in the incident.

A Delaware State Police helicopter was seen hovering over the campus.

Southbound traffic was reportedly backed up to Cheswold, according to social media posts.

Students took to Twitter and other social media after the shots apparently were fired. One video shows an officer trying to move students away. Another shows what appears to be a fight with multiple people.

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