Authorities say about 400 people attended a party at College Park Apartments, located just yards away from the University’s football stadium.
They say the party formed after a step show at the university. Students say the dance competition called "Statewide" usually draws in many people from out of town who then stay in Shippensburg to party.
"Things got out of hand and there was a confrontation, and one thing led to another and there was a gunshot, which was a bit of a shock for all of us,” said
Investigators say the male victim, Dejuan Thompson, 23, of
Many students say the shooting surprised them. They were alerted by the university via text message.
The university declined to comment on camera but gave WHAG this statement:
“When the university was informed of the incident we initiated our text alert system and a warning was sent to the alert system users making them aware of the incident and to urge them to take safety precautions in the area of
Although news of the shooting shocked many, some students say they think it was an isolated incident and still feel safe at the university.
"I feel like it was a fluke,” said Sarura. “And the gun shooter was probably not someone who goes to the school."
"I do feel safe,” said
As of Monday afternoon, police could not give a specific update on the victim's condition.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police in