Lockdown after Florida Atlantic University shooting

July 25th, 2009 - 1:09 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton went into lockdown mode early Wednesday morning after two shots were fired at about 1.15am at a party in the University Village Apartments.

FAU deputy police chief Keith Totten said authorities were searching for a male suspect following the incident and released a photo of a man they were seeking wearing a red t-shirt, dark pants and with his hair in cornrows.

According to a statement by university officials, no one was seriously injured, though a non student received minor unspecified injuries.

The university has only recently installed a campus-wide alert system and today’s incident was the first time it had been used, with students being alerted to a problem on the campus through sirens, mass e-mails and announcements over the school’s public address system.

Totten said, “we have been unable to locate [the suspect]. Due to that, we activated the emergency notification systems on campus and closed all the campus entries”.

FAU was subject to a 12-hour lockdown earlier this year in April after a similar shooting incident on campus which ended with the arrest of the shooter.

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