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Statement Regarding Shooting Incident

At approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2006, five Duquesne University basketball players were injured in a shooting incident on campus after a dance. Two of the students were treated at local hospitals and released, and three remain hospitalized. The City of Pittsburgh Police Department is investigating the incident. Campus Police are cooperating with the City, and believe the shooter, who fled the scene, was not a Duquesne student.

Additional campus police officers have been posted at all residence halls.

The university is providing counseling services for victims and other students.

"First and foremost, we are concerned about our students and are praying that each of them has a full recovery. We will offer support and services to the victims and their families, as well as to our other students who may have been affected by this tragic incident. This type of situation has never occurred before on Duquesne's campus. The University is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation," said Bridget Fare, spokesperson.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact City of Pittsburgh Police, or Campus Police.

Additional information will be posted on www.newsroom.duq.edu as it becomes available.

The students involved are:
Aaron Jackson, sophomore, Hartford, CT
Sam Ashaolu, junior, Toronto
Stuard Baldonado, junior, San Andres, Colombia
Shawn James, junior, Brooklyn, NY
Kojo Mensah, junior, Brooklyn, NY

This release was posted on Sunday, September 17th, 2006 at 4:22 pm

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