- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Edinboro University student charged with shooting two others in an off-campus apartment was being robbed of drugs by the victims, who will likely also face charges, police said Tuesday.

The shooting suspect, 20-year-old Devin Stevenson of Franklin, did not immediately tell police he was selling nearly $2,000 worth of marijuana when he came to the police station to report shooting two men who tried to rob him Friday night, Edinboro borough police Chief Jeff Craft said. The borough and main campus of the state-owned university of the same name are located about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh.

“About an hour after the shooting, the defendant came to the police department and reported being robbed,” Craft said. “He was covered in blood and so on and he admitted to shooting the two guys and ended up having a gun in his car.”

Since then, police have determined “the shooter himself was selling drugs and the people who were shot were going to rob him,” the chief said.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Stevenson, who remained in the Erie County Prison on Tuesday on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and a weapons violation. Police also expect to file drug-related charges against Stevenson, Craft said. For now, he faces a preliminary hearing on April 1 on the shooting charges only.

The shooting victim/robbery suspects are named in the police complaint charging Stevenson, but The Associated Press is not identifying them because police have not yet charged them.

Craft said Stevenson went to the apartment to sell drugs to a 19-year-old student when another student, 22, came in with a gun and wearing a mask and took the drugs.

Stevenson shot the masked man in the torso and thigh as he ran away, and also wounded the first student in the shoulder, the chief said.

Both shooting victims were taken to UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, which is 20 miles north of Edinboro. The man wounded in the shoulder has been released from the hospital, but the masked man was still admitted Tuesday, the chief said. His condition was not available because the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which runs the hospital, doesn’t generally release conditions of victims of violent crimes.

The shooting prompted a campus lockdown as a precaution.

University President Julie Wollman said the state-owned school plans to work with the surrounding community to address violence. Trey Gunter, 22, of Pittsburgh, is awaiting trial on charges that he fatally shot a former student in a dispute over a stolen gun and drugs in November. That shooting also occurred off campus and Gunter was a senior at the time.

About 2,000 students live on the campus, although more than 6,800 are enrolled at the university’s main and satellite campuses.


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