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Campus shooting incident resolved with no injuries

November 18, 2008 - Trennis Henderson

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—A shooting incident on the edge of Ouachita Baptist University’s campus Nov. 19 was quickly resolved with no one being injured, according to Arkadelphia police.

The Wednesday afternoon incident, which involved no Ouachita students, occurred on an OBU parking lot that borders both Ouachita and Henderson State University.

According to police, three individuals with no connections to either university were apprehended as suspects and are being held in the Clark County Jail. The three reportedly were waiting on the Ouachita parking lot for a Henderson student to return to HSU’s nearby Newberry Hall.

One shot reportedly was fired at the Henderson student, but he was not shot or injured in the incident. The suspects immediately fled the area and were arrested by local police and the Arkansas State Police. Officers also reportedly recovered a handgun and impounded the suspects’ vehicle.

Arkadelphia Chief of Police Al Harris said the alleged shooter and the intended victim’s ex-girlfriend were two of three suspects who were detained. He indicated that the two face pending charges of “at least an aggravated assault.”

Ouachita President Rex Horne e-mailed a statement to Ouachita students, parents, faculty and staff concerning the situation.

“Although no one was injured and the incident involved no Ouachita students, at least one gunshot reportedly was fired,” Dr. Horne explained. He emphasized that university officials “have asked campus safety to provide an increased presence in the area for the next several days.”

Ouachita Dean of Students Keldon Henley said administrators chose to use e-mail and the OBU website to inform the campus community rather than activate the campus emergency alert system “because the individuals involved were already apprehended when Ouachita was informed of the shooting.”

President Horne encouraged students, parents, faculty and staff to “join me in praying for those involved in this situation.”

by Trennis Henderson OBU Vice President for Communications