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Shooting suspect at Philadelphia-area university remains at large

Widener University shooting
A police officer scopes out an area at Widener University after the shooting was reported.
(CBS Philly)

Police officials said Tuesday they are still looking for a suspect in a shooting at Widener University, near Philadelphia, that left one student hospitalized.

In an emailed statement, Chester Police Department officials said of the Monday evening incident that “details remain sketchy and the investigation is ongoing.”

The suspect, described as a male “wearing dark sweat pants with a white stripe and a blue jean jacket,” fled the scene following the shooting, according to the statement.

Chester Police Department officials secured the campus following the incident, Dan Hanson, the director of public relations at the university, told the Los Angeles Times in an email.


“All indications are that this was not a random act of violence,” he said.

The student was shot near the school’s athletic center Monday evening and police were dispatched shortly after, at about 8:54 p.m.

“The Widener student was sitting inside a vehicle after playing a game of basketball when he was approached,” police officials said.

Police said the victim, described as a young, 19-year-old black male, suffered from gunshot wounds to the head and left shoulder area.


At the request of the student’s family, the university is not releasing the victim’s name, Hanson said. The student is in stable but critical condition at Crozer Chester Medical Center.

The university reported on its website and Twitter page that classes were canceled on Tuesday at the main campus and Exton campuses because of snow. 


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