TPD makes arrest in FAMU basketball court shooting
UPDATE on 12/1: One person is in custody following a deadly shooting on FAMU’s campus, according to the police.
The Tallahassee Police Department arrested 21-year-old Da’Vhon Sharai Young, charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder.
No additional information related to this case is available at this time. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Students and staff responding to the deadly shooting on FAMU’S campus Sunday afternoon say more needs to be done to ensure campus safety.
In an updated release to the university Monday, President Larry Robinson said officials are reviewing and looking to revise the use of indoor and outdoor campus recreational facilities, in addition to the policies already in place.
“There are 1532 cameras on campus. We have license plate readers, we’ve installed fencing around campus,” said Chief Terence Calloway with FAMU police department.
Despite several signs around the basketball courts and the outdoor fields that state “users must be current FAMU students or staff” officials say the surrounding community still utilizes the facilities as well.
“It is a very open campus, so in my mind, I’m not sure, other than closing off the campus,” said Jairah Giles, a student who was already off campus when the shooting occurred.
Giles said she and a friend were having dinner when the FAMU alert rang out, prompting them to remain off campus until the shelter-in-place was lifted.
Other students like Samuel Curry who use the outdoor fields were shocked to learn of the incident. He said he’ll probably be a lot more vigilant when it comes to his surroundings, and encourages other students to do the same.
UPDATE: At 12:30 pm on 11/28: According to a TPD update, around 4:30 pm, a suspect walked toward the outdoor basketball courts and began shooting into a crowd. When the shooting occurred, more than a dozen people were at the basketball courts, both playing and watching the games.
One man died, while the other four victims, one juvenile male and three adult males, sustained injuries ranging from minor to severe and are all expected to recover.
TPD says the motive for the shooting remains unclear, as well as who the intended target was.
With more than a dozen people on the scene at the time of the shooting, the Tallahassee Police Department encourages those in the area during the incident to come forward with any information. Witnesses can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS. To report information directly to TPD, call 850-891-4200.
UPDATE (10 pm): A spokesperson for FAMU said the initial belief is that none of the victims in a deadly shooting on campus were students at the university.
The shooting killed one man and sent four to the hospital, according to police. FAMU and TPD continue to investigate.
In a statement sent to WCTV Sunday night, FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson said the shooting is not an ongoing threat to campus.
“The safety and security of our students and the campus is our highest priority. The FAMU Campus Safety Department is working with the Tallahassee Police Department as the investigation continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call TPD at 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.
UPDATE: TPD confirmed one man died, and four other males were injured following a shooting at an outdoor basketball court near the FAMU rec center on Wahnish Way Sunday evening.
Police said a juvenile was among the injured, and the injuries range from minor to serious. There is no believed threat to public safety, but no arrests have been made.
A FAMU spokesperson said the previous shelter-in-place order has been lifted. It is unclear if the victims are FAMU students.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Police are investigating a shooting that happened at a rec center on Florida A&M’s campus Sunday afternoon, according to Tallahassee Police and a university spokesperson.
According to TPD, the incident happened around 4:30 pm along the 2100 Block of Wahnish Way. Officers are investigating “a shooting with injuries.” TPD could not provide details on the number of victims or conditions, or if the suspect had been located.
A FAMU spokesperson confirmed with WCTV that a shooting occurred at the campus rec center, but could not elaborate on the number injured.
Students have been asked to shelter in place as the investigation unfolds. An alert was sent out to students Sunday afternoon about an armed shooter on campus.
This is a developing story. Stay with WCTV for the latest.
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