- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2007

DOVER, Del. (AP) Police are looking for a man this morning in the shooting of two students at Delaware State University in Dover, an attack that seriously wounded a female student.

Students are being kept inside as campus police, the Dover Police Department and Delaware State Police search for the gunman.

“They’ve been directed to stay in their dorms,” said Carlos Holmes, a university spokesman. “We don’t know where the shooter’s at.”
VIDEO: Campus locked down as police hunt for shooter

At the main entrance, swing-arm gates usually left up were lowered to keep people from driving onto campus.

A news release on the university Web site said a man and a woman were shot about 1 a.m. near the Memorial Hall gymnasium. Mr. Holmes said the woman appeared to have suffered serious wounds.

“They could be potentially life-threatening,” Mr. Holmes said.

The male student’s wounds were not as serious and he was in stable condition at a hospital, Mr. Holmes said.

Police hope to get more information once the victims were able to talk.

“We haven’t had a chance to talk to them yet, and that’s probably a big reason why the suspect is still at large,” Mr. Holmes told KYW-TV of Philadelphia.

Mr. Holmes said authorities did not know of a motive for the shootings. He said he was not aware of any big parties Thursday night, although there was a 9 p.m. rally that a nursing sorority organized to honor the Jena Six.

“It was a very peaceful, very nice rally, very positive,” Mr. Holmes said.

He said there was no reason to believe the rally was connected to the shootings, but contrasted the atmosphere of the event with the attack, saying, “It’s kind of shocking that this happened afterwards.”

Classes were canceled for the day today and nonessential university employees were told not to report to work.

University officials told students about the shooting with phone calls, a notice posted on the campus Web site and notifications in each dormitory.

Mr. Holmes said Delaware State had improved the speed of its notifications following the shootings in April at Virginia Tech.

The university said it was implementing a plan to provide essential services to students living on campus. The university said it was implementing a plan to provide essential services to students in their dorms.

The campus is surrounded today by groups of recreational vehicles belonging to NASCAR fans in town for this weekend’s races at the Dover Downs Speedway.

At the start of the fall semester, the campus community held a memorial service for three students and an incoming student shot execution-style Aug. 4 as they hung out at an elementary school in their hometown of Newark, N.J. Natasha Aeriel, 19; her brother, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and Dashon Harvey, 20, were students.

Iofemi Hightower, 20, had planned to attend Delaware State this fall. Natasha Aeriel, the only survivor, helped police identify six suspects who have been arrested.

Delaware State was established in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students. It had about 3,690 students last year.

The 400-acre campus is in the northern section of Dover, across the street from the racetrack.

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