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The Latest: Ball State: Suspect in shootings not a student

May 18, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on seven people have been shot at an off-campus party near Ball State University in Indiana (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Ball State University says a man arrested in the shootings of seven people at an off-campus party near its Indiana campus is not enrolled as a student.

The university issued a statement Saturday that also says it has confirmed that one of its students was among the seven people shot. That student has been treated and released from a Muncie hospital. Three of the people who were shot are in critical condition.

University President Geoffrey S. Mearns says, “Keeping all members of our campus community safe is a top priority. This is a very unfortunate event. We wish all the victims a full and prompt recovery.”

Ball State says it’s making counselors and other personnel available to assist the campus community in dealing with the shootings.

Police told The (Muncie) Star Press that 19-year-old VaShaun Harnett of Muncie has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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12:30 p.m.

Police have made one arrest in the shootings of seven people at an off-campus party near Ball State University in Indiana.

Police told The (Muncie) Star Press that 19-year-old VaShaun Harnett of Muncie has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Harnett is charged in only two of the shootings or whether they might have been more than one shooter.

Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle tells WXIN-TV that three people are in critical condition after the shooting early Saturday. Winkle says some of the victims are Ball State students. He says one was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Muncie.

Winkle says it appears the shooting happened after “some kind of confrontation inside the house.”

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10:25 a.m.

Police say seven people have been shot at an off-campus party near Ball State University in Indiana.

Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle tells WXIN-TV that three people are in critical condition after the shooting early Saturday. Winkle says some of the victims are Ball State students. He says one was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Muncie.

Winkle says it appears the shooting happened after “some kind of confrontation inside the house.” He says about 50 to 75 people were in the house at the time.

There was no immediate confirmation of any arrests.

Ball State issued a campus alert shortly after the shootings warning members of the university community to stay clear of the area.

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