All-clear given after shots fired on Troy University campus

Published: Oct. 16, 2016 at 2:15 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 at 9:56 PM CDT
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TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy University's campus police and Troy City police are searching for a suspect after shots were fired on the campus of Troy University early Sunday morning.

School officials issued a campus-wide alert at approximately 12:38 a.m. advising that students stay inside while police responded to the incident. An all-clear was later given around 1:30 a.m., once the scene was cleared by officers.

Herb Reeves, the university's dean of student services, said no one suffered any injuries.

The shots were fired out of a vehicle as the suspect was driving past Sartain Hall shortly after midnight during an event, sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, was being held inside.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Member Jeremy Jones said he was inside when the incident happened and described what he heard as "a commotion". He said he stayed inside, and he and other fraternity members are still unsure of what the motive was.

"The person who did it is not associated with us in any way," Jones said. "At this point, what actually happened is up in the air, but it isn't related to us. We wanted to provide a safe place for people to come together and celebrate homecoming."

While Jones said he did not hear the gunshots, Mikeia Clemons said she, her younger sister and her friend heard them shortly after they got through the line to get in.

"Everybody just started running," Clemons said. "I was like, what's going on?. They said people were running inside to get in free, but people were actually trying to run inside to get away from the gun shots outside."

Clemons said the scene was hectic, and she was scared as people were hurrying to leave.

According to Reeves, the party was immediately shut down following the incident. He said he approximated nearly 3,000 people to be either inside the building or in the immediate area at the time.

Reeves said there was a significant increase in the number of people on campus due to it being homecoming weekend, which could complicate the search.

For Jones, a Troy alum who came back to celebrate homecoming, the incident is sad. Although, his organization was not associated with gunshots, he said it upsets him that it happened outside of their event.

"It makes me feel bad," Jones said. "At the same time, I want people to know that wasn't our intention.."

Reeves said investigators do not believe the suspect actually entered the venue.

No arrests have been made in connection to the shots fired. Both campus and Troy City police are trying to identify the vehicle involved, in hopes of getting closer to figuring out he is responsible.

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