A 24-year-old Kent State University student was arrested Wednesday in connection with a shooting on campus that led to the school being locked down and a room-to-room search by authorities. He apparently pulled a gun and shot himself in the hand.
Police arrested Quavaugntay L. Tyler for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony in Ohio, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal
. Authorities told the newspaper that one shot was fired which struck Tyler in the left hand.
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"Clearly, it was concealed," Kent State police chief James Peach told the Beacon-Journal. "He took it out rather quickly. But we are not able to determine a motive at the present time."
Peach said Tyler was allegedly fighting with two female students he knew outside of Bowman Hall when they believe he pulled out a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and fired.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported
that Tyler went to Robinson Memorial Hospital in nearby Ravenna for treatment and where he was later arrested by police at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
News of a shooting led to a campus-wide lockdown text alert issued at 8:49 p.m. Wednesday, leading students to barricade themselves in their dorms and classrooms.
The Plain Dealer reported that Tyler was serving probation for fourth-degree theft. He also was investigated by authorities for numerous campus thefts. Police told the newspaper that Tyler told them he was carrying a gun because he had been a victim of an armed robbery.
Police conducted a room-by-room search in two buildings, clearing them just before midnight Wednesday. Most of the other campus buildings were opened again at 10:30 p.m.
"We instantly shut off the lights in the apartment, and we just got on the floor because you never know," student Arbrion Chambliss told the Beacon-Journal. "The fact that they hadn't caught the suspect yet, that definitely sent us into a fright. My heart was beating so fast. I mean, I was terrified. I was shaking all night, praying for the best."
The Plain Dealer reported that the shooting comes weeks before the 44th anniversary of the 1970 shooting of four Kent State students by Ohio National Guard troops.
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