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WVU student killed in shooting at College Park Apartments

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WTRF) – West Virginia University has confirmed that the man who was killed as a result of the shooting Friday morning at the College Park Apartements near WVU’s downtown campus was a student at the university.

University officials said the victim has been identified as Eric James Smith, 21, of Clementon, New Jersey, a sophomore majoring in multidisciplinary studies.

Faculty and students residing at College Park Apartments remain in disbelief.

It happened in the building that I live in. Oh wow — I just kind of have to be more aware of what’s going on because you never know. This is a pretty safe apartment complex — I’m fine. I feel like the surrounding areas are worse, but it’s definitely kind of scary.

Hunter Hoffman, resident at College Park Apartments – Junior at WVU

We live in a safe community. Morgantown is a safe community but tragedies like this happen and we’re sad that it’s happened here on our campus today — in our city. Our hearts are breaking for all those that are affected. Again, we remind all those parents or students that counseling is available and is always available 24/7.

Corey Farris, Dean of Students – West Virginia University

Two suspects have been arrested.


UPDATE (2/28/2020 9:20 a.m.)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – (WOWK/WBOY) – The two individuals who police said were involved in a shots fired incident near West Virginia University’s campus were arrested at Walmart in Morgantown, according to a press release from the Granville Police Department.

The release stated that on Friday at approximately 4:15 a.m., multiple police agencies, including the Granville Police Department, were dispatched to Walmart at 5605 University Town Center Drive to assist in the apprehension of two suspects. Police said the suspects were involved in a shooting incident at College Park, an apartment living area east of WVU’s main campus, early Friday morning.

College Park is a public/private entity and is a separate campus property that is removed from the main downtown campus, according to WVU University Relations.

Officers said both suspects were arrested without incident. The release stated that no additional information about this incident will be released by the Granville Police Department at this time.

Officers with the Granville Police Department said that WVU Police is leading the investigation and the Granville Police Department provided assistance.

There is no word on the identities of the suspects or any victims involved in this incident, however, College Park’s website states that residents of the apartment complex must be students.


UPDATE (2/28/2020 9:20 a.m.)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – (WOWK/WBOY) – The two individuals who police said were involved in a shots fired incident near West Virginia University’s campus were arrested at Walmart in Morgantown, according to a press release from the Granville Police Department.

The release stated that on Friday at approximately 4:15 a.m., multiple police agencies, including the Granville Police Department, were dispatched to Walmart at 5605 University Town Center Drive to assist in the apprehension of two suspects. Police said the suspects were involved in a shooting incident at College Park, an apartment living area east of WVU’s main campus, early Friday morning.

College Park is a public/private entity and is a separate campus property that is removed from the main downtown campus, according to WVU University Relations.

Officers said both suspects were arrested without incident. The release stated that no additional information about this incident will be released by the Granville Police Department at this time.

Officers with the Granville Police Department said that WVU Police is leading the investigation and the Granville Police Department provided assistance.

There is no word on the identities of the suspects or any victims involved in this incident, however, College Park’s website states that residents of the apartment complex must be students.

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