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Texas Southern University Devastated After Another Tragic School Shooting

Fri, October 9, 2015 2:24pm EDT by 1 Comment
Texas Southern University Shooting

Texas Southern University was placed on lockdown on Oct. 9 after a reported shooting took place on the Houston campus. One person is dead and two possible suspects have been reportedly taken into custody, while police allegedly search for a third.

Unbelievable — another school shooting has happened. On the same day that one student was shot dead on the Northern Arizona University campus, a second, unrelated shooting reportedly took place at Texas Southern University. Two people were allegedly shot, with one tragically killed by the violent attack.

The reported shooting took place at 11:30 am, reports ABC 13 News. Two people were allegedly shot at the Tierwester Oaks section of the University Courtyard Apartment Complex on Blodgett Street, near Canfield. The southeast-Houston building is owned by Texas Southern University. The victim who died was reportedly an 18-year-old freshman. Because of the fatal shooting, the campus was on lockdown and classes were cancelled.

Jodi Silva, a spokesperson for the Houston Police Department, tells HollywoodLife.com:

“The shooting occurred at 3545 Blodgett, that’s an apartment complex which is on- campus housing for Texas Southern University. The shooting happened at 11:35am today and witnesses said there were three black male suspects and that the shooting occurred in the parking lot. After two victims were shot, the suspects fled into the apartment building and went to the 4th floor. Witnesses say they saw the men entering and exiting multiple apartments on that floor. One suspect went down to the first floor and fled through a side door. Two other suspects were detained when police arrived. The suspect who fled is still at large.

Both victims were transported to the hospital. One of them was pronounced dead at the hospital. The second one is in stable condition. The deceased victim was a freshman student at TSU. It’s unknown whether the second victim is a university student.”

Shortly after the shooting, Texas State University spokesperson Eva Pickens issued a statement: “Texas Southern University has announced the campus is on lockdown following a shooting incident just moments ago. Early reports indicate two shot – conditions not known right now. The assailant is still at large. All staff are asked to remain in offices – students to remain in classrooms until further notice.” After the shooting, Houston police tweeted that they had one potential suspect in custody. Houston police later told ABC 13 they had detained two possible suspects and were reportedly looking for a third.

The shooting on the Texas Southern University property happened on the same day as a fatal shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus. Steven Jones, an 18-year-old freshman, allegedly shot Nicholas Prato, Kylie Zientek, Nicholas Piring and Colin Brough after a reported confrontation. Sadly, Colin didn’t survive the attack. Plus, this second Oct. 9 shooting comes a week after the Umpqua Community College massacre that left nine people dead.

This is the third shooting on the TSU campus and reportedly, the second at the Blodgett Street apartment complex. Earlier in the week, a person was injured during a “Tiger Walk,” and police are still looking for the main suspect, 19-year-old Darios Tramain Crayton Scott. In Aug. 2015, a man and a woman were shot after Darrius Nichols opened fire in the Blodgett-Canfield building’s parking lot. The shooter has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The TSU story is ongoing. We will update you with further details when they are made available. Our thoughts are with those affected by this reported shooting.

— Jason Brow, Eric Mitchell reporting