Student Shot on Widener University Campus in Pa.
Authorities say a shooting on the campus of a university outside of Philadelphia does not appear to be a random act of violence and classes will resume Tuesday morning as the search for the gunman continues.
Police say a gunman shot a student sitting in the parking lot of Widener University’s athletic center Monday night. Officials say the student is in critical, but stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center Tuesday after undergoing surgery.
Chester police said the student was shot once in the side by an unknown gunman around 8:45 p.m. Monday and he called 911 himself. The victim, who wasn’t identified, was listed in critical, but stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center Tuesday morning after undergoing surgery Monday night, the hospital said.
Widener said in a statement on its website that Chester police had secured the campus and did not believe there was an “active shooter” on the campus, but asked students to remain inside until 6 a.m.
Dan Hanson, a spokesman for the university, said Tuesday morning that “all indications are this was not a random act of violence.” He would not release further details of the investigation.
Chester police were reviewing surveillance footage and were using K-9 units to track the suspect, who they believe fled into a residential neighborhood adjacent to the athletic complex, on the edge of the campus.
Police told reporters that they found one shell casing on the scene and believe the shooter used a revolver.
Widener University is a private, co-ed university located in Chester, Delaware County, 14 miles south of Philadelphia. The university also has three other campuses in Harrisburg, Exton and Wilmington, Del.
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