Virginia State increases security after student shot on campus

Posted at 3:41 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 15:54:02-04

Virginia State University has implemented new security measures in the wake of two campus shootings.

Image from the scene of the shooting at Virginia State University on Oct. 20.

“The recent incident does not reflect the values of the Virginia State University community. At VSU we are deeply committed to the safety of our students, employees and visitors,” Virginia State University President Makola Abdullah said. “I am saddened by the recent events that threaten the security of our campus. A positive college experience starts with our students and employees feeling safe on campus.”

In reaction to shootings on campus Saturday and Thursday nights, the university has implemented the following security measures:

Continue our increased police presence on campus;

Collaborative patrols with the Chesterfield Police Department; Additional lighting and security cameras, Plain clothes (undercover) and K9 operations; and Zero tolerance crime enforcement.

President Abdullah scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference to discuss the security measures.

For the second time in less than a week, Virginia State University was placed on lockdown after a shooting on campus.

“VSU and Chesterfield County police responded to the campus of VSU in the 1 block of Hayden Street for a report of a shooting,” a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. “Upon arrival officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound.”

The student was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A crowd of approximately 200 people was dispersed by police after the 11 p.m. shooting, Crime Insider sources said. There was no immediate explanation as to why the group was gathered.

“At this time, police believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the campus,” the police spokesperson said.

The campus lockdown was lifted after 2 a.m.

Police are still investigating the shooting and have not yet released information about a suspect, nor an arrest.

Thursday’s shooting came days after a man was shot on campus over Homecoming Weekend. The Homecoming shooting victim was shot on Hayden Street at about 8:25 p.m. Saturday, October 14. The campus was placed on lockdown for more than four hours.

“There’s no indication that this incident is related to the previous incident,” a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said.

The suspect in that shooting is still at large.

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