Friday, October 9, 2015

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Texas Southern University; possible suspect detained

from latimes

One student was killed and another person was injured after someone opened fire outside a Texas Southern University dormitory on Friday morning, prompting a lockdown at the Houston school, officials said.

The gunfire outside the University Courtyard dormitory left one student dead and another person seriously injured at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to Eva Pickens, the school's associate vice president of communications.

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It was the second fatal shooting on a U.S. college campus on Friday.

One victim, identified only as a student, died less than 30 minutes after the shooting, Pickens said. A second victim was in stable condition at a Houston-area hospital, she said.

"It's crazy," Pickens said. "It's broad daylight."

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Houston Police said they had detained a "possible suspect" around noon local time. A police spokesman said they could not provide any additional information about the suspect or the shooting. A news briefing was expected to take place on campus Friday afternoon.

The campus remains on lockdown, and classes have been canceled for the rest of the day.

The incident was the second shooting on campus in just 12 hours. A shooting left one person injured outside the same dormitory around midnight Thursday, according to a statement issued by the school.

Students are not allowed to carry firearms on campus, Pickens said. A motive in the shooting was not immediately clear.

The shooting comes as a wave of gun violence on college campuses throughout the U.S. has reignited a debate over gun control and laws that block students from carrying firearms on campus.

Earlier on Friday, an argument at Northern Arizona University sparked a shooting that left one student dead and three injured. Last week, a gunman opened fire on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., killing nine and wounding nine others.

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President Obama, who made an impassioned plea for lawmakers to consider passing gun control legislation after the Oregon shooting, was expected to visit with the families of the victims of that attack on Friday.

This article will be updated.

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