University of Akron lifts lockdown, school says incident appeared to have been accidental weapon discharge

University of Akron lifts lockdown, school says incident appeared to have been accidental weapon discharge

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The University of Akron was placed on a brief lockdown at 1:09 a.m. Saturday after a gun was reportedly fired on campus in the area of Exchange Street.

The lockdown was lifted 13 minutes later and a suspect is in custody, according to the University of Akron Police Department.

Chief Communication and Marketing Officer of the University of Akron Wayne Hill said two people who do not attend the school were involved in the situation at the Exhange Street Residence Hall on Saturday morning.

The school released the following statement:

"“At approximately 12:30 a.m., The University of Akron Police Department (UAPD) and the Akron Police Department responded to a call of a shot fired in the residence hall. The victim, a 19-year old male, was taken to Akron General Cleveland Clinic Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The suspect, a 17-year old male, is in custody. The victim and the suspect are known to be acquainted. The names of the suspect and the victim are not being released at this point. The campus has been notified that the incident scene has been secured and the investigation is ongoing.”

The school said the 19-year-old from Bedford was transported to Akron General.

The 17-year-old from Bedford was transported to the Summit County Juvenile Center, according to the school.

He will be charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm.

School officials will meet in the days ahead to discuss ideas to improve safety on campus.

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