Person shot at JCSU, two students suspended

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 10:12 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2016 at 10:12 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A person was shot in a Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) residence hall suite Wednesday evening, during spring break. JCSU says two students violated the university's policies regarding visitation and weapons, and have since been temporarily suspended.

"JCSU is a gun-free campus with posted signs to that effect," the university says.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) officers went to a call at JCSU, in the 100 block of Beatties Ford Road, just before 6 p.m. One person went to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries from a gunshot wound, police said.

JCSU officials say no students were injured in the shooting and the shooting was "swiftly contained, with no threat to the campus." The shooter, who school officials say was not a student, was arrested.

Medic told WBTV the shooting may have been accidental.

Multiple police units an an ambulance were in one parking area. Officers also taped off at least two areas near that parking lot.

Police said this was not an active shooter situation and that there was no threat to other students on campus.

Word of the incident spread quickly Wednesday night. Student Tashondra Smith said she was relaxing in her dorm suite when she started noticing police activity.

"I seen a bunch of police outside so I came outside and I started asking people what happened," said Smith.

Alexis Jackson, another JCSU student, said she was in a class when she got word of the shooting. She was upset that the incident had happened at her school.

"This is a historically black college.You don't need to be doing that. You should be getting an education," said Jackson.

Both Jackson and Smith agreed that the shooting didn't cast a positive light on the school.

"You're really making our school look bad," said Smith in reference to the shooter(s).

The students were suspended pending further investigation.

No names were released.

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