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Campus Ridge shooting leaves one student with minor injuries, results in tightened security

By Dylan Chesser
On April 26, 2012

  • Checkpoints have been set up at certain points on campus where students are required to present their student IDs. Matthew Allen

On April 14, a shooting took place at 1301 Seminole Drive. One victim was grazed by a bullet and another has reported damage to his vehicle.

Police were called to Campus Ridge apartment complex when shots were fired.

According to the police report, two victims were rushed to the hospital with minor injuries.

One victim, who was not named in the police report, was grazed by a bullet. He has been treated and released.

Twenty shell casings were found lying on the pavement.

Calvin Kirby, 20, is the owner of the vehicle that was struck by four of the shots fired.

Kirby contacted police to report the damage to his vehicle when he discovered the damage to his vehicle.

Director of Media Relations Joe Smith said that East Tennessee State University has been in contact with the victim who was not named in the police report and that he said he was doing well.

Smith said that ETSU Public Safety responded to a call at Buccaneer Ridge that took place prior to the incident at Campus Ridge.

"Following the incident at Campus Ridge, ETSU consulted with the Johnson City Police Department to determine if there was a connection between the two events," Smith said. "At this time, a connection has not been determined."

Smith also said that ETSU's involvement with the investigation was due to the fact that the event occurred so close to campus and because the victim was a student.

"We also thought there could be a potential connection to a disturbance at Buc Ridge, though that has not been determined," Smith said. "We are not actively working with the JCPD on the investigation at this point but are available should they need us."

Smith said that ETSU's main priority is the safety of its student body.

"In light of this recent incident, we have increased the presence of security on campus through the end of the semester," Smith said. "We encourage students and employees to practice good safety precautions at all times, and to report any suspicious activity to ETSU Public Safety or to call 911."

To this date, no arrests have been made.

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