Update 10:40 a.m.: According to the Houston Police Department, two victims were taken to the hospital following Wednesday night's shooting at a dorm parking lot on the Texas Southern University campus.
Here's how HPD described the incident in a statement to local media this morning:
"A Texas Southern University police officer responding to a disturbance in a dormitory parking lot observed a male suspect firing a gun toward a crowd. The TSU officer then instructed the suspect to drop the gun, but the suspect turned towards the officer with the gun still in his hand. The TSU officer discharged his duty weapon at the suspect but missed. At that time, the suspect surrendered and was placed in custody. When the shooting stopped and the suspect was placed in custody, officers learned two individuals had been shot by the suspect.”
Investigators say the suspect, 20-year-old Darrius T. Nichols, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police have yet to identify a man and woman injured in the shooting but say both were taken to Ben Taub. According to HPD, the woman was treated and released, while the man remains in critical condition.
Investigators say neither Nichols nor the female suspect is a TSU student. They've yet to determine whether the other victim is a student. No word yet on what exactly sparked the confrontation.
Campus police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting at Texas Southern University that reportedly left one man in critical condition.
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The shooting occurred at about 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a university-owned apartment building off Blodgett Street, according Eva Pickens, the university's vice president of communications and community outreach. Pickens says the man who was apparently shot was rushed to nearby Ben Taub Hospital. While other media reports say the victim was critically injured in the shooting, Harris Health officials haven't yet confirmed the man's condition.
Officials haven't yet released the identity of the shooter or the victim. Pickens did say the gunman was quickly taken into custody following the shooting.
Investigators are still working to determine whether the shooter or victim are TSU students, Pickens says. “We heard some reports about some early altercation between the two gentlemen,” she told the Houston Press. Still, she said police have yet to say what exactly triggered the violent confrontation.
Pickens told us campus police should be briefing her office later this morning on their investigation into the shooting. Check back here for updates.