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Student shot on Widener University campus in Pa.

Penn. College Student Shot, Shooter Still At Large

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - A gunman shot a college student sitting in the parking lot of Widener University's athletic center Monday, but officials said the campus was secure, even as they warned students to remain inside as police searched across the city for the shooter

Chester police said the student was shot once in the side by an unknown gunman around 8:45 p.m. Monday and he called 911 himself. The victim, who wasn't identified, was listed in critical, but stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center Tuesday morning after undergoing surgery Monday night, the hospital said.

Widener said in a statement on its website that Chester police had secured the campus and did not believe there was an "active shooter" on the campus, but asked students to remain inside until 6 a.m.

Dan Hanson, a spokesman for the university, said Tuesday morning that "all indications are this was not a random act of violence." He would not release further details of the investigation.

Chester police were reviewing surveillance footage and were using K-9 units to track the suspect, who they believe fled into a residential neighborhood adjacent to the athletic complex, on the edge of the campus.

Police told reporters that they found one shell casing on the scene and believe the shooter used a revolver.

Widener University is a private, co-ed university located in Chester, Delaware County, 14 miles south of Philadelphia. The university also has three other campuses in Harrisburg, Exton and Wilmington, Del.

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isuspectso January 21 2014 at 1:28 PM

A single shell casing would indicate a semi automatic which ejects spent shells not a revolver which stores them for manual removal. Either the reporter is typically uninformed or something is going unreported.

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soflodills isuspectso January 21 2014 at 2:12 PM


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misterwelderman January 21 2014 at 9:18 AM


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Carolyn misterwelderman January 21 2014 at 10:36 AM

does it really matter if they call it a revolver or a semi-auto hand gun? That surely isn't the point of this article -

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Ron Carolyn January 21 2014 at 2:25 PM

Very true.

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jsack390 January 21 2014 at 9:18 AM

What idiot wrote this article. If the pistol used was a revolver there is no reason a shell casing would be found. A slide action, or semi automatic would eject a shell casing. NOT A REVOLVER!!
Get your facts and information straight.

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rcjackson6h January 21 2014 at 9:51 AM

I had the misfortune of having to drive through the area surrounding weidner, i did not feel safe even as i was driving in a truck and had no need to stop and walk anywhere.

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Bill January 21 2014 at 9:58 AM

The revolver was an assult slye revolver ejecting shells everywhere. LOL Typical reporter wouldn't know which end of a gun the bullet comes out of let alone what happens to the casing. Chance are the shooter did not take time to manually extract the casing before leaving the scene to make sure he leaves evidence behind.

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frant100 January 21 2014 at 10:09 AM

"Police found one shell casing and believe he used a revolver" doesn't make sense. A revolver keeps the expended casing in the cylinder while a semi auto ejects the casing, unless there were 2 separate guns there.

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madeirawoodaka1 frant100 January 21 2014 at 11:58 AM

It seems that the comments on the lack of ejection of a casing from a revolver have out weighed heavily the fact that another student was shot with a gun! rcw

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abark023 January 21 2014 at 10:12 AM

How could a shell casing be found if the individual used a revolver? With a semi-automatic it would be understandable due to the ejection of the casing. A revolver retains the casing and it is not ejected.

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ninjaqutie abark023 January 21 2014 at 10:35 AM

Thank you! Either the cops working the case are boneheads or the reporter here is a dumb*$$. Maybe they meant pistol, handgun or semi like you said. As soon as I saw the words revolver and casing red flag went off. As someone who worked crime scenes this is something of a "one of these things just doesn't belong" kind of deal. Glad someone else has some firearms knowledge on here as well.

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mike ninjaqutie January 21 2014 at 12:41 PM

How about both

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castcutters January 21 2014 at 10:47 AM

Assailant used a "revolver"? Hmmmmn. Then it must have been Professor Plum.

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TOM AND IRENE January 21 2014 at 10:50 AM

Revolver would not eject the cartridge more likely semi automatic weapon. Tom

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jijjhnsn TOM AND IRENE January 21 2014 at 11:00 AM

So police don't know anything about guns.

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onlyanumber jijjhnsn January 21 2014 at 11:15 AM

Considering the elevators at the Chester police department are riddled with bullet holes, No. They Don't.

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esaustew January 21 2014 at 10:58 AM

"Police told reporters that they found one shell casing on the scene and believe the shooter used a revolver."
So after the gunman fired, he opened the revolver and threw the shell casing on the ground. Uh, yeah.

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