18-Year-Old Woman Fatally Shot at Delaware State University, Prompting Campus Closure

Tragic shooting at Delaware State University campus claims life of 18-year-old woman, raising concerns about campus safety and gun violence.

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18-Year-Old Woman Fatally Shot at Delaware State University, Prompting Campus Closure

18-Year-Old Woman Fatally Shot at Delaware State University, Prompting Campus Closure

An 18-year-old woman from Wilmington, Delaware was fatally shot early Sunday morning on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover. The shooting occurred around 1:40 a.m. near the Warren-Franklin Hall dormitory. The victim, who was not a registered student at the university, was found with a gunshot wound to the upper body and was transported to Bayhealth Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

In response to the incident, Delaware State University closed its campus on Sunday, suspended visitation, and canceled all events. Police presence has been increased on campus as the investigation continues. The Dover Police Department and the Delaware State University Police Department are jointly investigating the shooting and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Why this matters: The fatal shooting of a young woman on a university campus raises concerns about safety and security at schools across the country. The incident also highlights the ongoing issue of gun violence in the United States and its impact on communities.

No other injuries were reported in the shooting, and a suspect description was not immediately available. The university said counseling services would be made available for students coping with the tragedy. "We are working with the Dover Police Department to ensure that the suspects are apprehended and brought to justice," said Delaware State University President Tony Allen in a statement. "In the meantime, please keep the victim's family in your prayers."

Delaware State University, founded in 1891, is one of the historically black colleges and universities in the United States. The campus was closed on Monday, April 22 as the university community mourned the loss of the young woman and authorities continued their investigation into the homicide. Officials urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Dover Police Department.

Key Takeaways

  • 18-year-old woman fatally shot on Delaware State University campus
  • Shooting occurred near dormitory, victim not a registered student
  • University closed campus, suspended visitation, and canceled events
  • Police investigating, seeking information from public
  • Incident raises concerns about campus safety and gun violence