Shaw University student shot near campus

September 23, 2010 9:41:03 AM PDT
Raleigh police are investigating a shooting near Shaw University that wounded one student Wednesday evening.

Officers say the victim was a bystander at a fight. It happened around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on South Street near Person Street, which is off campus but in the vicinity.

When officers arrived at the scene, they say 20-year-old Terrick Edwards, had been taken to WakeMed by private vehicle. He was treated for a non-life-threatening shotgun wound.

Students say they are worried about their own safety.

"It's scary," student Laseana Wilcox told ABC11 Eyewitness News. "You can't even walk on your campus without a shootout. It's ridiculous."

Students also say this kind of incident is not normal for their campus.

"A lot of students don't fight on a regular basis," student Larry Johnson said. "There be certain students that get involved in stuff they shouldn't, but it's not often we have fights like this."

The university said it activated its emergency plan as soon as it learned about the shooting. All campus buildings, dorms and facilities were locked down. Campus police and the Raleigh Police Department completed a sweep of the campus to ensure the safety of the students.

Shaw released a statement regarding the shooting Thursday.

"The safety and security of our campus are vitally important to us," said Dr. Jeffrey A. Smith, Vice President of Student Affairs and Administration. "We have the proper procedures and policies in place to create a secure campus environment for our students, staff and faculty. We will continue to review our plan and make adjustments if necessary."

The investigation remains underway and police have not made any arrests nor have they released any suspect information.

Anyone with information should contact Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or the RPD's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555.

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