Police Seek Public’s Help Following Widener University Shooting
CHESTER, Pa., (CBS) – A shooting on the campus of Widener University does not appear to be a random act of violence, officials announced Tuesday as the search for the shooter continues.
It happened at about 8:45 p.m. Monday in the parking lot outside the university’s Schwartz Athletic Center (See Related Story).
According to police, a 19-year-old student was sitting inside a vehicle after playing a game of basketball when he was approached by the shooter. Police say arriving officers found the victim lying on the ground, suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and left shoulder area.
Students were told to stay inside until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Chester police secured the campus.
University officials say the victim is currently in stable but critical condition at Crozer Chester Medical Center.
“His family has been notified, and our thoughts and prayers are with the student and his family at this time,” university officials said in a statement.
At the request of his family, the university is not releasing the student’s name.
The shooter remains at large. Police say the suspect, described as a male wearing dark sweat pants with a white stripe and a blue jean jacket, fled toward the Sun Hill section of the city.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities at 610-447-7908, Chester Police Detectives Patrick Mullen at 610-447-7813, Nelson Collins at 610-447-8431 or Charles Bothwell at 610-447-8430.
Authorities are reviewing surveillance video in the area as the investigation continues.
Police say the suspect, described as a male wearing dark sweat pants with a white stripe and a blue jean jacket, fled toward the Sun Hill section of the city.
Details remain sketchy and the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities continue are currently reviewing surveillance video in the area.