Delaware

Gunman at large after student shot at Delaware State University residence hall

Police are searching for the gunman who shot a male student in the parking lot of an off-campus residence hall near Delaware State University on Monday night.

University spokesman Carlos Holmes told The News Journal that the victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuires, but declined to give more details about the student or his injuries. 

The shooting was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at the Living and Learning Commons, said Dover Police Cpl. Mark Hoffman, and the campus was put on lockdown about 5:30 p.m., Holmes said. The residence hall, formerly a Sheraton hotel, is about a half-mile north of the campus.

Neither Sass nor Hoffman offered any description of the shooter, who remained at large late Monday.

Hoffman said police believe the shooting was an isolated incident. Sass said investigators "felt comfortable enough to lift the lockdown" shortly after 8 p.m.

Breanna Barber, 18, a freshman from Abingdon, Maryland, said she learned about the shooting about 6 p.m. when her instructor got an alert on her cellphone and told students.

Delaware State University is a historically black university. It has more than 4,100 full- and part-time students, more than half of whom live on campus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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