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Shooting near Ball State University Leaves Seven People Severely Injured

Rodolfo Vieira
May 21, 2019
10:43 A.M.

A shooting broke out at a house party near Ball State University and, according to the Police officers on site, seven people were injured in the process.

The shooting took place in the 2400 block of W. Euclid Avenue, in Muncie, Indiana, where a large crowd had gathered to attend the party, including Ball State students and locals.

It has been reported that the bullets started flying after an argument, during which a firearm was pulled. So far, the police are still trying to put every piece of information together.

Police vehicles parked outside the crime scene | Photo: WTHR

Police vehicles parked outside the crime scene | Photo: WTHR

NOT FATALITIES SO FAR

The victims, whose identities are yet to be revealed, were immediately transported to nearby hospitals. According to Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle, three suffered life-threatening injuries.

One of those victims had to be moved by air while four others are expected to make a full recovery. At the time of the incident, several people were at the party and officers tried to gather as much information as possible from around 30 witnesses.

The house in the 2400 block of W. Euclid Avenue, in Muncie, Indiana | Photo: WTHR

The house in the 2400 block of W. Euclid Avenue, in Muncie, Indiana | Photo: WTHR

CAMPUS ON HIGH ALERT

Investigators still haven't been able to understand the reason behind the argument but it has been reported that a 19-year-old suspect named Va Shaun Harnett has been taken into custody by the Muncie Police Department.

Shortly after the police was alerted, at around 1 a.m., Ball State University issued an emergency alert informing people of the active investigation, asking them to stay clear of the area.

Following the news of the shooting, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler praised the police force for its quick response and for dealing "with an extremely difficult and dangerous incident."

Shell cases scattered along the ground at the scene | Photo: WTHR

Shell cases scattered along the ground at the scene | Photo: WTHR

PENCE WAS BRIEFED ON THE SHOOTING

Through Twitter, Mike Pence, The Vice President of the United States, also commended the police officers at the scene of the crime, sharing that he had landed in Muncie on Saturday morning.

The Vice President also took the opportunity to send his prayers to the victims as well as their hurting families, ending his message with "God bless them all."

ANOTHER YOUNG LIFE LOST

Gun violence doesn't seem to end in the United States and more and more people continue to be killed every day because of it. Some of them go down as heroes, just like Kendrick Castillo, a student from Denver, Colorado.

Castillo was killed when two students opened fire at STEM School Highlands Ranch. In order to protect his classmates, the 18-year-old lunged at one of the shooters, giving his friends time to run away.

The shooters were later arrested and identified as 16-year-old Maya Elizabeth McKinney, a transgender boy who identifies as female, and 18-year-old Devon Erickson.

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