Shooting on Southeastern Campus in Hammond

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 23, 2018 - 7:10 am

There was gunfire this morning on the campus of Southeastern University in Hammond.  

Witnesses tell WWL First News they heard gunfire around 2:00am this morning near the athletic dorm.

"About four or five shots the first time, six or seven shots the second time," one man described. "They were about 30 seconds apart."

He says he called 911.

Witnesses at the hospital say they saw two patients brought in with reported gunshot wounds.

Univeristy Spokeswoman Tonya Lowentritt confirms the shooting.

"Gunshots were fired, and two individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries," she said. "The University Police Department is following up on all leads at present, and the incident remains under investigation."

She says the incident involved several individuals.

"There is no threat to the campus community at this time."

Here is the statement from Southeastern University:

The University Police Department has confirmed an incident occurred overnight on North Campus involving several individuals. Gunshots were fired, and two individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries. UPD is following up on all leads, and the incident remains under investigation. There is no present threat to the campus community. 

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the shooting at Southeastern Louisiana University:

“I have been in contact with President John Crain from Southeastern Louisiana University and Col. Kevin Reeves of the Louisiana State Police. I have promised Southeastern that the state stands at the ready to mobilize every available resource we have to assist them in this investigation. We will support Southeastern and law enforcement as they aggressively pursue the criminals who are responsible for the shootings. As we await more details, I encourage students, faculty and parents to continue to pay close attention to information from school officials and local law enforcement, and would remind them to report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities.” 

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