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1 person shot at VSU; campus lockdown lifted

Posted at 9:14 PM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-15 02:19:01-04

ETTRICK, Va. -- Virginia State University was on lockdown for more than four hours after one person was shot on campus Saturday night.

VSU and Chesterfield police were dispatched to the 1 block of Hayden Street for a report of a shooting around 8:25 p.m.

Officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Crime Insider sources told reporter Jon Burkett that the man was shot in the pelvis .

Officials said the victim was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were called not life-threatening.

Virginia State University

Virginia State University

The shooting happened during the busy homecoming weekend at the university. A hip-hop concert took place at 8 p.m. at the school's Multi-Purpose Center.

Crime Insider sources said that several fights broke out in the wake of the shooting.

A university alumni said he was about 300 feet from where he heard gunfire.

"There were between 12 and 15 shots," he said.

The witness said the shots sounded like they were coming from street near the gym.

He said the area near the gymnasium is a popular spot for alumni to tailgate.

VSU Police‏ posted on Twitter at 9 p.m. that the university was on lockdown because of the shooting.

"Avoid the area," VSU Police‏ tweeted. "Updates to follow."

VSU Police initially released a possible suspect description, but police later said they were still verifying that information.

Officers said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident and that there was no further threat to the campus.

However, the campus remained on lockdown as of 11:30 p.m. as police continued to investigate the shooting.

No vehicles were being allowed on or off the campus, but people were able to enter on foot.

The lockdown was lifted just before 1:30 a.m.

No vehicles were being allowed on or off the campus, but people were able to enter on foot.

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