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Four people, including two students, were shot early Saturday morning on the Delaware State University campus, when an unknown gunman fired into a crowd gathered around the outdoor basketball courts. No fatalities were reported and those injured are recovering well, according to Delaware State University President Tony Allen.
Though initial reports provided conflicting narratives of the shooting, the president and DSU Police Chief Bobby Cummings later confirmed that the shooting occurred near 1 a.m. on September 3, 2022, and the gunman fled the scene before police and emergency personnel arrived. A search of the area turned up no suspects and the incident and identity of the shooter are still under investigation, though police report that robbery is a possible motive for the crime.
The school has increased security on campus since the incident, particularly in the area surrounding the basketball courts, including the addition of 30 police officers, identity check stations, and a robust security camera system. Though there are gates in various campus locations that are locked at night, the campus is considered open in many areas and can be accessed by students and visitors at any point.
The school is also providing students with access to additional counselors since the shooting to help those who may be suffering trauma following the weekend shooting.
This is the second shooting on the Delaware State University campus. Two students were shot by a university freshman in 2007, seriously injuring one and killing the second, who never regained consciousness and later died from his injuries one month following the shooting.
The Rhoades & Morrow family are deeply saddened by the news of the shooting that took place on the Delaware State University campus. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who were injured, all DSU students and their families, faculty, and staff during this difficult and emotional time.