Investigation continues into apparent shooting on UA campus
Tucson, Ariz. - The University of Arizona Police Department continues to investigate a shooting that occurred Wednesday evening, outside the Keating/Bio5 building, 1657 E Helen St.
UAPD received a 911 call at 7:34 p.m. reporting possible gun shots fired in the area. UAPD officers responded and located several shell casings and small amount of blood. An extensive search was conducted to locate a victim and suspects.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. a local hospital reported that a 23-year-old male had sought assistance for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his buttocks. The victim was treated and released from the hospital early Thursday morning. It was determined the victim was the male person of interest announced in the UAlerts.
The victim told investigators he rode the Sun Link Streetcar to the Warren Ave. stop, and when he got off the streetcar, he said he was approached by three African-American males. One of the suspects shot at the victim several times, striking the victim once. A witness has assisted UAPD in completing a composite image of the individual. The composite of the suspect is attached.
The suspects fled in a “dark colored SUV.” UAPD detectives believe the victim and the suspects had a previous encounter off campus and the shooting incident was directed specifically at the victim. By 10:00 p.m. UAPD determined there was no ongoing threat to the campus.
Anyone with information about last night’s incident is asked to call UAPD at (520) 621-8273 or 911.
Four UAlerts were sent to the campus community on Wednesday evening warning recipients to avoid the area and be alert for suspicious persons. Based on those alerts, UAPD received calls from individuals providing additional information.
This is an ongoing investigation, and further information will be provided when available.