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KSU freshman charged with campus shooting incident

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KENT, Ohio - A 24-year-old Kent State University freshman is charged in connection with Wednesday's shooting incident on campus.

Campus police say Quavaugntay L. Tyler, originally from Cleveland, has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Police say that during an argument with two female Kent State students, Tyler pulled a weapon that discharged immediately and struck his left hand. No other person was injured. The women fled.

Police pursued the suspect and received reports that someone matching his description was at the Business Administration Building. The police ordered a shelter in place advisory for the Kent Campus.
One of the women from the argument called Kent State Police and told them that the suspect was probably wounded.

Police located Tyler at Robinson Memorial Hospital around 11:30 p.m. where he sought treatment for his injury. Police recovered a weapon Tyler stashed in a backpack that he gave to a female friend in a residence hall, before leaving campus.

"He gave a backpack to that person containing the gun, the bloodied gun and ammunition and so forth and asked her to hide it for him," John Peach says, KSU police chief.

Peach says that female is "not facing charges yet".

Tyler is being held in the Portage County Jail and was scheduled for an arraignment in Portage County Court on Friday.

The shelter in place advisory was lifted following Tyler's arrest and all campus buildings were open on Thursday with normal classes and operations.

The campus had recently practiced the safety plan and University President Lester Lefton said he was pleased with the outcome of what he called an "unfortunate" incident.

While some students agree the safety measures were effective, others say this has left a mark on their campus experience.

"It was kind of eerie, I was walking back last night after it was all kind of finished, it was kind of like almost a sense of safety was gone a little bit," Drew Hosler says, a sophomore student.


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