FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- One person was killed and seven more were injured in a
shooting incident at an off-campus party near Fort Valley State
University in Georgia on Saturday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is investigating the fatal overnight shooting, the agency said in a tweet.
was Homecoming weekend at FVSU when the tragic incident occurred blocks
away from the university campus, which is still an "active scene,"
according to GBI.
The individual who died was not an FVSU student, GBI confirmed, and the seven injured have stabilized.
FVSU students were in attendance at the off-campus party, the university said in a statement.
were student injuries, but at this time, none have been reported as
life-threatening," FVSU said. "As a precautionary measure, the campus
was placed on lockdown until campus police determined there was no
threat to the campus community."
lockdown was lifted, but an alumni breakfast and homecoming parade that
were expected to take place Saturday morning were canceled as a result
of the incident.
The homecoming game will continue as scheduled
but increased security protocols will be implemented, according to the
"Our thoughts are with the students and their families as they recover," FVSU said,
urges anyone with information that will help in identifying the
suspect(s), either by making an anonymous tip by calling
1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online, or through the See Something, Send
Something mobile app.
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