The undergraduate student at Widener University was shot in a
parking lot near the Schwartz Athletic Center at about 8:45 p.m.
(0145 GMT) on Monday, according to officials at the private
institution about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia in the city of
"All indications are that this was not a random act of violence,"
Widener University spokesman Dan Hanson said early on Tuesday
morning, adding that police say a revolver was used in the attack
and that the wounded student called police himself.
The shooting follows others at schools in Philadelphia and in New
Mexico over the past week, which have added to a national debate
over whether gun control regulations need to be stricter.
That debate intensified after 26 children and adult staff members
were shot dead in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.
On Tuesday, police in Chester, a city of some 34,000 residents, had
secured the Widener University campus, determining that there was no
active shooter but that a suspect was still at large.
The wounded student, who had not been identified, was being treated
at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, a nearby hospital in the town of
Upland, officials said.
The student arrived at the hospital with at least one gunshot wound
and was with his family at the hospital, said hospital spokesman
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The university, with some 6,300 undergraduate and graduate students,
was founded in 1821, Hanson said. Video footage showed the area
around the athletic facility largely cleared of students and
vehicles. Police were searching the area, including nearby woods and
On Friday, two students were shot and wounded at a high school in
northern Philadelphia, police said. In New Mexico, a 12-year-old boy
in New Mexico is accused of seriously wounding two students with a
shotgun last Tuesday.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; editing by W Simon)
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