DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY, S.C. — In the early morning hours of Oct. 19, a small group of students and faculty members, along with two security guards, entered the campus’ main dining hall, where they discovered a dead student lying in the center of the room, apparently dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The security guard, whose name was redacted by the university, told police that the shooting was not random.
The student, who was shot multiple times in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, the shooter was not identified, but he was described as a white male, between the ages of 20 and 25.
On the evening of Oct, 19, the student had recently graduated from high school and was enrolled in a four-year college program.
“The school and the administration of the university are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased,” the university’s statement said.
However, in a subsequent news release, the university did not provide any further information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting or the person who may have perpetrated the shooting.
University officials released a statement Friday evening, saying they were aware of the incident and that the student was “one of our very best students.”
“It is important that we protect our students from harm and encourage them to come forward with any information that might lead to the arrest of the individual who is responsible,” the statement said, noting that there was no evidence to suggest the student committed any crimes.
In addition to the campus security guard’s account, the police report, released Thursday, said that the incident began when a woman who was not an immediate student was seen leaving a dormitory with a bag on Oct. 18.
A witness reported seeing a woman with a knife in the vicinity of the campus, and when she left, the man reportedly returned with a handgun and fired at the woman.
It was not clear whether the suspect was injured in the attack or the woman who fired the gun.
While the university has not released any details about the deceased student, it did say that he was in good health and that he had a “good relationship” with a former roommate.
He was scheduled to graduate on Aug. 23.
As of Friday afternoon, the school had not released the identity of the shooter or the identity and the nature of the relationship.
Authorities also did not identify the woman in the video, which is still on the Internet.
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