NCCU Student Shot Near Dorm
Posted January 7, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST
DURHAM — Officials at North Carolina Central University addressed some serious security and safety concerns Tuesday night after a student was shot twice near his residence in Chidley Hall Monday night.
Freshman Eric Easton is recovering from wounds to his shoulder and thigh. He says the shooter was a 12-to-13-year-old male.
Students and parents share the concern of school leaders, and all want to find ways to provide a safer learning environment.
Student Robbi Burrell says it's hard to believe something like that could happen on campus.
Chidley Hall borders major streets adjacent to the campus. Students say a small criminal element from the nearby community targets them as easy prey. Freshman Robert Taylor says he's been victimized twice. In November, he was robbed at gunpoint in his dorm room. Three days later, he was shot in the back during another robbery near campus.
The school has some security measures in place already, such as a card entry system, but some students disregard the possibility of danger and prop doors open at times.
School Chancellor Dr. Julius Chambers says stopping the violence will require a concerted effort on the part of the university, students and the community.
Some security measures the school hopes to implement are adding more security officers, more lighting on campus and around the perimeter of the campus, and more security inside the dormitories.
The suspect is still at large.