Police: 1 dead in Texas Southern University shooting

Posted at 1:48 PM, Oct 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-09 16:05:09-04

HOUSTON (AP) — A student was killed and another person was wounded in a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained at least two people, authorities said.

The university was quickly put on lockdown after the shooting was reported around 11:30 a.m. Central in the parking lot outside the University Courtyard Apartments, a university-owned student apartment building on the edge of the Houston campus.

There is no active shooting investigation, police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. University President John Rudley said the school, which has about 9,700 students, is no longer on lockdown.

Rudley said the student who was killed was a freshman at the school. Silva said the second victim was shot twice and is hospitalized in stable condition.

Classes were cancelled following the shooting. Rudley said classes would resume on a normal schedule Monday.

The incident occurred just hours after another shooting near the same housing complex. The university said in a statement that the earlier shooting occurred early Friday morning, and that the school was increasing police presence on campus. Details about the earlier shooting weren't immediately available, and it's unclear whether the shootings are related.

The incident follows a fatal shooting earlier Friday at Northern Arizona University, where an overnight confrontation between students escalated into gunfire that killed one person and wounded three others. Last week, eight students and a teacher were fatally shot at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. The gunman in the Oregon shooting also wounded nine people before turning the gun on himself.

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