Accident and Crime Stories 3
2 students shot at Delaware State
By RANDALL CHASE
Two students were shot at Delaware State University early Friday, including one who was seriously wounded, and the campus was locked down as police searched for a gunman, officials said. Classes were canceled for the day.
A male student was hospitalized in stable condition, and a female student was hospitalized with injuries that are considered serious, according to a news release on the university's Web site.
"They could be potentially life-threatening," university spokesman Carlos Holmes said.
Police hoped to find out more information once the victims were able to talk.
"We haven't had a chance to talk to them yet, and that's probably a big reason why the suspect is still at large," Holmes told KYW-TV of Philadelphia.
The students were shot near Memorial Hall around 1 a.m., the news release said.
Students were instructed to stay in their residence halls until further notice, and nonessential university employees were told not to report to work. At the university's main entrance, swing-arm gates were down to prevent people from driving onto campus.
A historically black college founded in 1890 as the State College for Colored Students, Delaware State had about 3,600 students from 38 states and 31 countries in 2006.
The 400-acre campus was surrounded Friday by groups of recreational vehicles belonging to NASCAR fans in town for this weekend's races at the Dover Downs Speedway.
Three Delaware State students were fatally shot execution-style at a schoolyard in Newark, N.J., on Aug. 4. Prosecutors are seeking to have three teenage boys charged in the deaths to be tried as adults.
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