Tuskegee Shooting Suspect in Custody
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Police have Ras Hodari Akanbi Jacobs-El in custody for the shooting. He is also a student at Tuskegee University. Officials say Jacobs El was arguing with the two victims off campus. He followed them on campus and shot both students. He faces charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
A statement released by the university says the students were shot in the parking lot of Tantum Hall, a residence hall on campus. The shooting happened around 3:30 to 4:00 a.m.
Tuskegee University President Brian Johnson said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by this incident. Tuskegee University is a close-knit family institution where students, faculty, staff and administrators are deeply connected. Although we are still investigating and learning the complete circumstances surrounding this incident, let us all turn our attention and focus to the recovery and well-being of the injured students, who along with their families, have our prayers, thoughts and support during this tragic incident.”
University Police Chief Patrick Mardis says officials are doing everything they can to make sure nothing of this nature happens again.
“Tuskegee is a very family oriented campus. We are a quiet campus. I have a child here in school and we want to maintain a safe environment, says Mardis.
The injured students are being treated at area medical facilities.