Two wounded in weekend on-campus shooting at Albany State University

Two people were wounded during an on-campus shooting late Saturday night near two residence halls at Albany State University. (File Photo)

ALBANY — Albany State University’s East Campus was locked down for just over two hours last Saturday night after reports of an on campus shooting near two of the university’s residence halls.

“At 10:15 p.m. on Saturday the Albany State University Police Department responded to reports of shots fired near Halls 1 and 2 on the East Campus,” the university said in a news release. “The police department notified the campus community of a possible shooting and placed the campus on temporary lockdown at 10:32 p.m. The lockdown was lifted at 12:34 a.m.”

There were no life-threatening injuries, though two people, one an ASU student, were wounded. One person was reportedly shot in the foot and the other grazed by a bullet. The two individuals were treated at the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and released from the hospital.

“A female student was shot in the toe and a male Savannah State student was grazed in the leg,” ASUPD Chief John Fields said Monday. “We have a description of the vehicle the shooter was driving and we are working through tags right now and hopefully we can come up with a name sometime today.”

The shooter is described as a black male 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 7. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The authorities are also looking for a a gray/silver Toyota Celica as a vehicle of interest.

According to Denise Ward, special assistant to the president for marketing and strategic communications at ASU, the university has asked the Albany Police Department for help with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call ASUPD at (229) 430-4711 or the anonymous tip line at (229) 430-7963.

Writer with The Albany Herald.

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