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Shooting at LeMoyne-Owen College may lead to security changes

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former student was shot in a dormitory parking lot at LeMoyne-Owen College late Tuesday night. Now, the college said that shooting could lead to changes in security.

Police rushed to the dorm on Saxon Avenue around 10 p.m. after receiving a call that shots were fired in the area.

The 20-year-old victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was later identified as Brian Fuller, known to his family and friends at 'Bowtie.'

According to police, investigators learned the victim was in a car with the suspect. The victim then got out of the dark four-door car. The driver also got out of the car and shot the victim multiple times in the back. The suspect then sped off.

"Nobody deserves to get put down like that," Tracy Holmes, victim's aunt, said. "He didn't deserve that."

Fuller's grandmother admits he wasn't perfect and doesn't know why he was on campus.

"My grandson is a very talented young man and he's a very smart young man," Mrs. Charlotte, victim's grandmother, said. "He probably got caught up in doing something he had no business doing."

Fuller's background shows he has been arrested for disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a weapon in the past. His grandmother called Fuller Wednesday as he was recovering in the hospital.

"They put the phone to his ear and talked to him and I told him grandma love him and get better soon," she said.

A spokeswoman for LeMoyne-Owen College said the victim is a former student. The college is conducting their own internal investigation as Memphis Police Department launches an investigation of its own. The college is working with MPD.

"The dormitory does have 24-hour security, and we're doing all we can to make sure our students remain safe," Director of Public Relations and Marketing Daphne Thomas said. "Right now we've asked them to stay in their rooms until the morning, but right now it's all clear."

Many students are now concerned for their safety. Some even packed and left their dorms, as parents came to pick them up.

"We should see more security officers on the campus and at the dorms and seeing them ID each student," student Emmanuel Quinn said.

An alum visiting the campus said he finds the violence surprising.

"It's shocking because everybody on campus has a friendly atmosphere," Jerry Hampton said. "Everybody is good with each other, and it's shocking to see something like this happened on campus."

School leaders have opened an internal investigation and are working to address safety for all students.

"We are going to be exploring other companies to provide services for us," Daphne Thomas of LeMoyne-Owen College said.

The college is also hoping to partner with the Memphis Police Department.

"We're working to collaborate with them so they can have a heightened presence on campus," Thomas said.

Click here to read the statement from LeMoyne-Owen College.

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