Five Duquesne basketball players shot on campus; two critical
Sunday, September 17, 2006
By Matt Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Five Duquesne University students, all members of the men's basketball team, were shot after a dance on campus early this morning.
Two of the wounded students were in critical condition, according to police investigators.
The university confirmed that all five men are on the basketball team, but did not identify any of the victims.
"First and foremost, we are concerned about our students and are praying that each of them has a full recovery. We will offer support and services to the victims and their families, as well as to our other students who may have been affected by this tragic incident. This type of situation has never occurred before on Duquesne's campus. The university is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation," said Bridget Fare, university spokeswoman.
City police said they were looking for a shooting suspect, described as a black male, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and wearing a white T-shirt.
City homicide detectives said the shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m. this morning on the campus near Vickroy Hall. The students had been at a dance earlier in the evening at the student union and got in an argument with the shooting suspect.
A short time later, as the group of students was walking on a walkway through campus, they were confronted by the suspect, who came around the side of Vickroy Hall and began shooting, said police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki.
A 23-year-old male who was shot in the head and a 21-year-old male who was shot in the shoulder and forearm were both in critical condition at Mercy Hospital.
The other three shooting victims were a 23-year-old male who was shot in the foot, a 20-year-old male shot in the wrist and another male who was shot in the shoulder and forearm. All three were treated and released at undisclosed hospitals.
The shooting suspect was last seen running toward Forbes Avenue. Duquesne University officials said they do not believe the shooting suspect was a student at the university.
Anyone with information is asked to call the city homicide office at 412-323-7161.