Southern University police investigating possible on-campus pellet gun shootings

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Southern University Police Department is currently investigating a string of recent reported pellet gun shootings on campus.

According to a release sent to all faculty, staff, and students Thursday, the department "was notified that a student had received a minor injury by what is believed to be a pellet gun."

Officials confirm that at least two others student reported minor injuries on Sunday, October 29 from an incident with similar circumstances.

SUPD spokesman, officer Brian Philson, says the shootings happened near the north campus residential housing area. At least one student was treated at a local hospital as a result.

It's still too early to tell whether any of the victims knew the alleged gunman or what motivated the attacks, but SUPD is taking the claims seriously. "We are increasing our security patrols, especially around the residential housing areas," said Philson. "Our campus is a weapon free campus, so anything, pellet gun or not, we're going to take it very seriously."

Students like Mikorri Reese say they are concerned, but mostly disgusted. Some wanted to make sure that people know this does not reflect their school. "We just got a few misfits out here just stinking up the place. It's just a one bad apple spoils the rest type of situation." said Reese. "It's a great campus and everybody back here are just like a family."

After a deadly shooting at Grambling State University last week, while the violence at Southern is with pellets and not a more dangerous weapon, other students say they are on edge and will not be going anywhere alone. "I'm nervous by myself at night right now anyways," said Madison Ramsey, another student. "It's so much going on in the word today that you can never trust because what if it was a real gun?"

Students who know anything about the shootings or who notice anything suspicious are encouraged to contact SUPD. An easy way to do that is with the Jags Safe App. A quick download can allow students to share that vital information with law enforcement in minutes.

"Any lead that we receive, we're going to investigate and take the steps that we need to ensure that this is resolved as soon as possible," said Philson.

Students can also report any suspicious behavior to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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