Temple student hit by stray bullet

Posted: February 25, 2014

 A Temple University student was grazed by a stray bullet early Sunday morning during a gunfight outside a bar near campus, officials said.

The shootout occurred about 2 a.m. in front of the Let Out, a private nightclub at 17th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

The student, 21, was several blocks away when he was struck in the abdomen, according to police and university officials.

He was treated at Hahnemann University Hospital and released, according to Temple spokesman Ray Betzner, who added: "We are grateful there was no serious injury."

An unruly patron sparked the shooting, according to a man who identified himself only as the Let Out's owner. He said the patron got into a verbal dispute during a birthday party at the club and left. He returned with a gun and tried to reenter the bar but was blocked by two security guards, the owner said.

At least one guard exchanged gunfire with the patron, wounding him, the club owner said.

The patron fled and sought treatment for unknown injuries at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to the club owner. Details on his condition were unavailable.

Four of the club security guards were taken into custody for questioning, the owner said. Police reported no arrests Sunday.

Temple University police responded, and the university sent alerts to students, faculty members, and staff informing them of the shooting, Betzner said.

The shooting occurred off campus but within Temple University's priority response extension police zone.


sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com@sabdurr

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