College student in critical condition after being shot in campus apartment

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South college student was in extremely critical condition at The MED Friday night after he was shot on the campus of Arkansas State University.

The attack occurred early Friday morning inside an apartment on the Jonesboro, Arkansas campus.

A single gunshot wound left Michael Gilmore, 24, of West-Helena, Arkansas struggling for his life.

Authorities found Gilmore on the floor inside a campus apartment.

Gilmore's sister, Angella Gilmore, said her brother was on life support.  The entire family was praying for a speedy recovery.

"I was so hurt, just speechless," she said.  "I don't have any strength.  I'm trying to stay strong for my family right now."

Michael Gilmore was shot near his eye.  The bullet is still lodged in his brain.

Angella Gilmore said her brother was not expected to survive.

"He is still on a breathing machine and still waiting on tests to see if he has any brain activity left," she said.

Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Arkansas State University, said the investigation was ongoing.

"One of the critical things is that we think this is not a random shooting," Stripling said.

Neighbors who live in the apartment complex said scenes like this are unfortunate and happen all too often.

"Robberies in the parking lot, people breaking in stuff and people breaking into people's houses and all that," said A.O. Boyles.  "You just get tired of it."

Angella Gilmore said she is not giving up on her brother.

"I keep praying and asking the Lord not to let my brother go," she said.  "I don't know what I'd do without him.  He taught me so much."

Police said they have not yet made any arrests and have not said if they have any persons of interest.

If you have any information that may help police find the shooter, please call 870-972-2093.

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