1 in custody, 2 on run after shootout on CBU campus

1 arrested, 2 wanted in campus shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Leaders at Christian Brothers University met with students, faculty, and staff Wednesday evening after an on-campus shooting.

"My friend texted me last night as it happened ... essentially telling me he heard gunshots," said Kenzi Luna, student.

Sophomore Kenzi Luna lives off campus and says he was stunned to hear about the violence.

“We’re a fairly safe campus so we don’t really have incidents like this but it just does raise some concerns,” said Luna.

An alert was sent to students about a shooting in the Maurelian lot on campus.

Campus police said they responded to the shots fired call after they got the alert from LiveSafe around 1:20 a.m. School officials said a guard was manning the guard house at the time, but their guards are unarmed. The guard on duty contacted authorities.

Parties exchange gunfire in parking lot of Christian Brothers campus

According to Memphis police, the incident involved a female student and a man who is not a student who pulled into the parking lot followed by a white Jeep.

Police said two men got out of the Jeep, approached the other vehicle and demanded the female driver get out of the car or they’d shoot. She then put it in reverse and hit the suspects’ vehicle several times before the suspects started firing shots.

The non-student passenger in the car told police he then reached for his gun when the suspects ran back toward their SUV. He fired two shots at them but did not hit anyone.

Police recovered the gun used by the passenger--found under a parked car--and determined the gun was stolen out of Olive Branch.

That passenger was taken into custody for the stolen gun.

The other shooters have not been found.

Police released a vague description of the two suspects but both are believed to be armed. The suspects’ vehicle is described as a white Jeep Compass missing the front bumper. The Jeep may also have damage on the driver’s side.

No one was hurt in the gunfire exchange.

“It just makes me wonder how the car got through, if they have student ID tags, how someone without a tag could come through like that,” said Luna.

Campus police said the shots were fired by people who knew each other.

Police believe the school has video of the entire incident.

CBU released the following statement regarding the shooting:

Most members of our CBU community are aware that there were shots fired in the Maurelian parking lot on our campus early this morning. Gunfire was exchanged between a young man accompanying one of our female students and individuals from off-campus who followed them into the parking lot. Thankfully, neither our student nor her companion were injured.

The university says the student involved could face disciplinary action depending on the results of the investigation.

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