Police still looking for gunman in shooting near ISU

2012-08-19T21:10:00Z 2012-08-21T18:17:51Z Police still looking for gunman in shooting near ISUBy Kevin Barlow|kbarlow@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

NORMAL — Classes at Illinois State University begin today with questions remaining from a weekend shooting that hospitalized a female student early Saturday morning.

Normal Police are still investigating the incident, which led to a report of shots fired around 3 a.m. Saturday at an apartment building in the 700 block of North Adelaide Street near the ISU campus.

Police said they responded to a disturbance at the building that escalated into gunfire and the situation is still under investigation. The victim’s name and condition have not been released, but police said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

ISU officials said the Normal Police Department is in charge of the investigation. Police said as of Sunday evening, no arrests have been made and they are asking the public to call if they know anything about what led to the shooting.

“We have been told it was an isolated incident and was the result of an argument at a party,” said ISU spokesman Jay Groves.

Police said a female victim was struck during the shooting and transported to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. The suspect was described to police as a black male dressed in all black clothing. He was armed with a handgun.

“We believe it was an isolated incident and know that the campus is secure and safe,” Groves said.

Students outside of Cypress Hall, a few blocks from the shooting, also said they felt safe on Sunday.

“None of the housing units are built in scary-looking areas,” said ISU sophomore John Engel of Gurnee. “I have to carry around three keys because of the security measures in place.”

Nick Sutryk, also an ISU sophomore and from Wheaton, said most students take precautions so they aren’t in dangerous positions.

“We almost always walk in groups and keep in contact through phones and texts, but we feel it’s a safe campus,” he said.

Students were notified of the Saturday morning incident through a series of text messages and email alerts from the university. While the messages served a purpose to keep students notified, some, such as Nicole Ringfelt, a sophomore from Chicago, said the texts left her somewhat nervous.

“I felt a little uneasy about it that night just because of the updates coming through my phone,” she said. “It was a little scary not knowing what was going on, but I understand why they want to get the word out.”

Groves said ISU officials try to inform students and staff as quickly as possible of such incidents. Officials track social media comments and opinions voiced through other outlets such as the student counseling center, which offered support for any student with concerns.

“About 99 percent of the comments were out of concern for the victim, but we encourage students to call their family and let them know and communicate all of the information available,” he said. “As (ISU) President (Al) Bowman said in his messages to the students on Saturday, the University’s Incident Response Team is currently providing assistance to the student’s roommates, family and friends. Any student in need of counseling services is encouraged to contact the Student Counseling Center.”

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(8) Comments

  1. daplumber
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    daplumber - August 23, 2012 5:55 am
    Illinois needs to get it's act together and finally pass the Concealed Carry Bill. HB148
  2. Love911
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    Love911 - August 20, 2012 8:56 pm
    Ok really, a party off campus, where a shooting occurs, and when the shooter is at least known periperally by the party givers or guests, does not make the Campus ripe with crime. Statements of the "Campus is secure and safe" simply advise they have no reason to believe the shooter is on the campus proper. The students are more likely to be injured walking across the streat in a drunken stupor then to be shot if they aren't attending a party hosted by gun toting bangers.
  3. bbyblus
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    bbyblus - August 20, 2012 7:55 pm
    It's really irritating to keep reading the comments "the campus is secure". This incident happened at an off-campus apartment complex several blocks from the main campus. My son heard and saw the majority of this confrontation. Why were the police not called when the party was going full force? Evidently the apartment complex isn't owned by one company but my son did see a security person around the complex before the SUV arrived and the argument began along with the shooting. It's a miracle that more people were not injured.
  4. rnner65
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    rnner65 - August 20, 2012 2:40 pm
  5. One Who Knows
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    One Who Knows - August 20, 2012 2:08 pm
    Look in Chicago.
  6. thoughts a million
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    thoughts a million - August 20, 2012 10:49 am
    It is safe. Over 90% of gun violence is against someone the shooter knows. Acts like we saw in Colorado, Arizona and Virginia Tech are completely different. If this was a deranged shooter, then dozens would have been shot that night.
  7. clg4899
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    clg4899 - August 20, 2012 10:32 am
    “We believe it was an isolated incident and know that the campus is secure and safe,” Groves said.

    Right and ducks don't fly. Come on, Jay. Be real.
  8. MRK
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    MRK - August 20, 2012 8:37 am
    “We believe it was an isolated incident and know that the campus is secure and safe,” Groves said.

    I'd like to know how he knows the campus is secure and safe. There is a man with a gun who apparently is not afraid to use it and shoot someone when angered, and he is as yet apparently unknown and at large.
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