Stray bullet hits student in N. Philly

Shots fired in club altercation

Posted: February 25, 2014

A COLLEGE student was shot in the abdomen by a stray bullet as a result of an altercation outside a nightclub near Temple University's North Philadelphia campus, according to Philadelphia police.

The incident started in front of The Let Out, a nightclub on 16th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, about 2 a.m. yesterday.

According to police, a patron was involved in a verbal dispute inside the club. He then left and said he was going to get his gun. After he retrieved it from his car, the patron approached the club, where two security guards barred him from re-entering.

An altercation then ensued and gunshots were fired. Only one of the security guards exchanged fire, according to club owner Odi Obilo.

Three security guards were taken in for questioning, police said. All three were cleared by investigation.

The student was shot by a stray bullet on 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital and released after further observation, according to Temple University spokesman Ray Betzner. The name of the student has not been released and it wasn't immediately known if he is a Temple student.

After the shooting, the gunman tossed his weapon and fled the area. He checked into the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a gunshot wound to the knee, police said. Criminal charges were pending last night.

The university began sending messages to its students and faculty about 2:40 a.m., alerting them of the shooting and urging them to avoid the area, Betzner said.

Another message was sent a half-hour later reporting the condition of the student.

Betzner said that the area on the edges of the university's campus should not be considered dangerous, despite yesterday morning's events.

"It is our job to make sure our students are aware of their surroundings," Betzner said. "But students shouldn't be any more concerned of that area than any other area around campus."

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