Student Shoots Two at Delaware State University

By Daniel de Vise, Debbi Wilgoren and Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 21, 2007; 5:52 PM

DOVER, Del., Sept. 21 -- The Delaware State University police chief confirmed Friday afternoon that the gunman who shot two students shortly after midnight was a student himself.

"This was not an act of terrorism. This was not a crazed gunmen who found his way onto campus," said campus police chief James Overton. "This was a Delaware State student who caused this action."

The injured students, a man and a woman, were both 17 years old and from the Washington area, Overton told reporters this afternoon. The woman has been identified as Shalita Middleton, who is from the District. Her identity was confirmed by a D.C. public school official. The male student's identity has not been confirmed.

The male is in stable condition after being shot once.

Middleton was shot twice and is in serious condition, Overton said.

The two students had recently left the campus's Village Cafe as part of a group of eight to 10 students when they were shot, Overton said.

Overton said campus police are being aided by Dover police to secure the campus as they search for a student they believed was involved in the shooting near a campus gymnasium before 1 a.m., university officials said.

The police chief, who held two briefings for reporters this afternoon, said four to six shots were fired in the incident, but he did not give any motives for the shooting.

He said officials are interviewing one person about the shooting but still searching for another. Both are students, Overton said.

The injured students were taken to local hospitals, Overton said.

Middleton suffered a "traumatic wound to the abdomen," John Wilson, the deputy chief of Kent County Emergency Services, told the Associated Press.

University President Allen L. Sessoms said he has spoken with the families of the victims.


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