Nov 18, 2008

CAMPUS SAFETY ALERT: Suspicious shootings on campus

by Press release from LUPD

 Two freshman male students were walking near David’s Place en route to their dorm when they were struck by several shots fired from a pellet gun by individuals in a passing vehicle on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at approximately 12:55 a.m. One of the students was taken to the emergency room at Lynchburg General Hospital where a pellet was removed from beneath the skin of his forehead.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at approximately 2:22 a.m. Liberty University police apprehended five students in a Jeep near the Vines Center. At least one of the occupants had been shooting an Airsoft pistol at pedestrians on campus. LUPD is continuing the investigations of these incidents and has notified the Office of Student Conduct.

Reportedly, some students who are engaging in this dangerous conduct are calling it a game of “Tag.” The game is reportedly played both on campus and in the surrounding community. Students who play this “game” should know that they can be charged with “Brandishing a weapon” in violation of Virginia Code Section 18.2-282, which is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500. If someone is actually injured as occurred on Friday, the individual can be charged with malicious wounding in violation of Virginia Code Section 18.2-51, which is a Class 3 felony punishable by 5 – 20 years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $100,000.


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