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NCCU Student Shot Near Dorm

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DURHAM — Officials at North Carolina CentralUniversity addressed some serious security and safety concerns Tuesdaynight after a student was shot twice near his residence in Chidley Hall Monday night.

Freshman Eric Easton is recovering from wounds to his shoulder andthigh. He says the shooter was a 12-to-13-year-old male.

Students and parents share the concern of school leaders, and all wantto find ways to provide a safer learning environment.

Student Robbi Burrell says it's hard to believe something like thatcould happen on campus.

Chidley Hall borders major streets adjacent to the campus. Students saya small criminal element from the nearby community targets them as easyprey. 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 shotin the back during another robbery near campus.

The school has some security measures in place already, such as a cardentry system, but some students disregard the possibility of danger andprop doors open at times.

School Chancellor Dr. Julius Chambers says stopping the violence willrequire a concerted effort on the part of the university, students and thecommunity.

Some security measures the school hopes to implement are adding more security officers, more lighting on campus and around the perimeter of thecampus, and more security inside the dormitories.

The suspect is still at large.

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