Three of Tuskegee University’s students were wounded during an off-campus shooting Saturday night. The university is currently cooperating and working side-by-side with the City of Tuskegee police to investigate the incident.
“Tuskegee University confirms that there has been an off-campus shooting involving three of its students,” university officials say. “The City of Tuskegee police department is investigating the incident. University representatives have visited and been in contact with the students and their families. The students are in stable condition and are expected to recover from their injuries. The university is cooperating with local authorities regarding the investigation.”
One victim, 19-year-old student Ayden Harris, was shot five times and is now in stabled condition in the Intensive Care Unit at East Alabama Medical Center, reports say.
Family members of Harris, and others are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that Saturday, and the university is currently conducting its own investigation to determine whether there have been any violations to their student code of conduct policy.
“He’s in good hands here at the medical center. But he is in, ICU, intensive care, and that means a lot to me,” Harris’s uncle, Carl Hemphill told WTVM.
“He’s a real strong guy. He’s an A-student, pre-med, ROTC, he’s part of a fraternity – a real cream of the crop I would say. And I’m real surprised that this incident took place and he was involved with it. So I’m still trying to figure it out and piece together what exactly took place,” Hemphill said.
Counseling services are being made available to those who have been impacted by this incident. The university is also asking that any information on the alleged shooter be given to the City of Tuskegee police department at 334-727-0200.
This story is still developing.