WORCSTER – Worcester State University sheltered in place after a double shooting near a campus parking garage at 2:30 Saturday morning ended with one person dead and one injured.
“Neither the victims or the suspected assailants are students of Worcester State University,” the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Police said investigations indicated the shooting was caused by a fight and was not an active shooter situation.
“This does not appear to be a random incident,” Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said during a press conference Saturday. “The parties that were involved knew each other from what we can ascertain at this point. He added that one suspect has been arrested.
Students had been asked to stay in the residence halls until the order was lifted a little before 9:30 a.m. However, students are still asked to avoid the area where police are working. The Wasylean parking lot is closed until further notice.
The school has also canceled all weekend activities, including homecoming and family weekend. The university website says it is offering counseling to students who need it.
The two victims were taken to UMass Medical Center. One died and one is still hospitalized. Their identities have not been released.
Police are asking anyone with photos or video of the Wasylean parking lot and Sheehan Hall to contact them.