Shooting at Hampton University
A former student started shooting at Hampton University yesterday morning:
The campus of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, was locked down for several hours Sunday morning after a former student shot two people in a dormitory and then shot himself, university and police officials said. The former student entered Harkness Hall shortly before 1 a.m. by following a pizza deliveryman, said the university’s president, Dr. William Harvey, at an afternoon news conference.
The former student shot the deliveryman and the night manager of the dorm, who came into the hall after he heard shots, Harvey explained. The man then shot himself. No one was killed in the incident, which prompted the evacuation of the dorm and a lockdown of the campus, the president said. The three wounded were taken to area hospitals, Harvey said. The dormitory night manager was treated and released, he said.
Hampton city police said they had the shooter in custody. The motive for the shootings is not clear, university and law enforcement officials said. Harvey praised the first-responders to the incident, saying their quick action likely averted further tragedy. He also lauded the school’s system of text messages, e-mails and phone messages that warned students about the situation and the campus lockdown.
Hampton University statement on shooting
Hampton, VA – There was a shooting incident on the campus of Hampton University at approximately 1 a.m. today. No current students were involved and or injured. The Hampton City Police believe that they have the shooter in custody. A former student, currently residing in New York, allegedly shot a pizza delivery driver and the night manager at Harkness Hall. He then allegedly turned the gun on himself. All three were airlifted to area hospitals. Following university policy, students, faculty and staff were notified via text message and email about the situation. Hampton City police are on the scene and investigating the incident.
Hampton University chapel services and classes will proceed as scheduled. The University will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. in Armstrong Stadium.