[Fresh] Wednesday morning's incident on South Campus

John Immerwahr (john.immerwahr@villanova.edu)
Wed, 06 Dec 2006 19:32:53 -0500

Most subscribers to Fresh@News have probably already heard something
about the incidents on South Campus on Wednesday, December 6. However,
since many of our first year students were involved, we thought we
would use Fresh@News to send some information out. If you have
already heard about the incident, please accept our apologies for
filling your inbox with another e-mail.

Here is the official account of the matter, taken from the University’s

A little after 3:30 A.M. this morning, two Radnor Police officers
responded to a report of a man acting suspiciously near 114 Browning
Lane and Meadowood Road, an area adjacent to Villanova University's
South Campus six residence halls and dining hall. Radnor Police
reported that upon arrival to the designated area, they encountered an
African American male about 5-foot-11 inches tall wearing a black ski
cap and blue sweat suit. The man fired approximately 10 shots at the
officers as they attempted to apprehend him. Radnor Police proceeded to
notify the Villanova University Office of Public Safety. At
approximately 4 A.M., Public Safety immediately responded to the
request by Radnor Police to secure the residence halls and dining hall
on the South Campus. The lockdown continued until 10:20 A.M. when
Radnor Police ended their restrictions on the South Campus. At that
time the S.W.A.T. team, a State Police helicopter and K-9 units that
had assembled to search for the assailan
t were debriefed and left the area. Classes which had been cancelled
earlier in the morning, resumed at 11:30 A.M.

Villanova University's Office of Public Safety will maintain an
increased presence in the area throughout the afternoon and evening and
will maintain close contact with the Radnor Police.

The safety and security of students is Villanova University's number
one priority. Public Safety Housing Officers were stationed, as they
normally are each evening, at their regularly assigned posts at the
entrance to each of the South Campus residence halls.

Individuals who wish to report any suspicious behavior relating to this
incident should contact Public Safety at 9-4444 (610-519-4444) or
Radnor Police at 911.

Concerned parents and students may call the Office of Student Life at
610-519-4200. All press inquiries should be directed to the Office of
Communications at 610-519-4591.

Speaking personally, your Fresh@News correspondent happened to have
regularly scheduled meetings with a number of Villanova's South Campus
freshman students later in the day. The students all seemed fine and
none the worse for wear. Several of the students I talked to said that
the cancelled classes gave them a chance to catch up on sleep (which
can be in short supply in the last weeks of the semester).

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