Two victims assaulted near VCU campus

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating an early morning assault on VCU's Monroe Park campus.

Around 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police responded to reports of gun shots on Laurel Street between Broad and Grace streets. However, when VCU Police arrived, they found two male victims who had been assaulted, not shot.

One of the two victims was taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment of a hand laceration. The other victim suffered minor facial injuries, but was not hospitalized.

VCU and Richmond Police continue their investigation and say there is no longer a threat to the community.

We did receive several calls from viewers this morning, who received text and E-mail alerts about this incident.

At 4:06 a.m., the following E-mail was sent out by VCU:


Shooting reported on Monroe Park Campus. Go or stay indoors. Check for details. Notify VCU Police of any suspicious activity."

That same alert was distributed via text message a minute later at 4:07 a.m..

At 5:16 a.m., VCU once again notified students by E-mail:


Resume normal activities. Check for details."

Students were also updated with a text message at 5:18 a.m.

As mentioned in those text and E-mail alerts, the university has also been providing constant updates on the VCU Alert website.

Investigators say they are now following up on strong leads to identify the suspect.

If you know anything that can help police with this investigation, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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