Police: Lane College student shot near campus
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EAST JACKSON — Police are investigating a shooting near Lane College campus that sent one student to the hospital. The student was shot in the leg and sustained injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police. Residents living across from the crime scene said they heard eight shots fired before seeing around 50 people scatter through the campus. Eyewitnesses tell WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the victim was a man. They also said it appeared the alleged gunman and victim knew each other. Police are interviewing eyewitnesses. Several vehicles were seen leaving the area, and police are trying to determine whether a suspect left in one of them. Jackson Police Department Public Information Officer Derick Tisdale said it’s possible the suspect fled on foot or by vehicle. The campus was temporarily placed on lockdown, which was lifted at 12:20 p.m., according to Darlette Samuels, chief of staff at Lane College. “We are in prayer for one of our students who received a gunshot injury to the leg, according to police,” Samuels said. “He is a student and a member of the Lane family, and we are lifting him up in prayer.” The call went out around 11:45 a.m. to the report on Orchard Street, which runs by the campus. Some students said the violent crime is not a direct reflection of every student at Lane. “It makes us look bad,” senior Juareaka Gordon said. “It just makes us look really bad. We aren’t always bad like this. We have good stuff that goes on too.” Police said the victim, who is not being identified at this time, was shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News will have more information as it becomes available.