UPDATE: Shooting on VUU campus, one arrested

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Virginia Union University students will start their week of classes still in shock following a violent shooting on campus this weekend.

The students on campus are waking up this morning for classes, a little more than 24 hours after a different kind of wake up call -- a text message about an on-campus shooting outside of Newman Hall.

Investigators are looking for a motive in the shooting.  Jimar Jewell, 21, is in custody charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm. Jewell is the nephew of Richmond city councilman Marty Jewell, who represents Richmond's 5th District. Marty Jewell had no comment this afternoon.

A shooting police say is left a freshman hit three times in the leg. The shooting happened on campus near Newman Hall around 1 a.m. Sunday -- shortly after that Richmond officers on a traffic stop arrested Jewell, and found the weapon police think was used in the shooting.

A shooting that's worrying police-- parents and students.

"In previous history it's been happening off campus and normally it will find its way back to campus, so the suspects normally know their target when they come back," said Col. David Horace, Chief VUU Police.

"Right now I'm upset," said Keith Little, whose son is a sophomore at VUU. "I'm shaking and I'm nervous because somebody's child is in the hospital because of some nonsense."

The freshman that was shot three times told police he doesn't know who shot him.

So now police here on campus will be trying to work on a motive for this shooting -- in this just the second week of classes here for the fall semester.

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