AUM: Neither shooter nor victim is enrolled at university

Published: Sep. 9, 2016 at 5:45 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2016 at 9:49 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One person has been transported to a local hospital and another taken into police custody after a shooting on the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery Friday, according to campus officials.

AUM Police said the shooting happened in one of the campus parking lots. Campus police received a call about a fight and responded to the area. At some point, while police were trying to break up the fight, a subject pulled out a gun and fired it.

One person suffered minor non-life threatening injuries from the shooting and a suspect was taken into custody, but neither name has been released at this time. AUM confirmed neither the shooter nor victim is a student at the university.

"It's a little scary because you feel like being at the school, especially a university, it's supposed to be safe," said Keriana Lowe, an AUM freshman. "Everybody's here to get their education, and we're paying to go to school here, and you wouldn't do any of that. But that's not really the case all the time. So, it makes me worried, I called my mom and she was worried about me too. But, I'm just thankful it wasn't me and nobody got seriously injured or hurt."

"Any incident that occurs on a college campus is very important, and it's priority to law enforcement, not just law enforcement, but the university family as well," said Brenda Mitchell, director of police operations for AUM police. "We strongly want to let our students, our staff, and our faculty know that AUM is safe. Anyone that comes here and that is brought to our attention, of course, that there is an issue, we quickly respond and make sure we take it under control. The campus is safe."

The AUM Police Department is continuing to handle the investigation.

AUM sent out an alert to students that the shooting incident had occurred but that it was safe to return to class.

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