Student shot with pellet gun at AV

Published Sept. 18, 2012

A student shot another student in the head and shoulder with a pellet gun at Apartment Village on Sept. 11.

Ben Hunter, chief of staff and executive director of public safety, refused to release the full incident report. The Collegian was granted access to a redacted version of the report.

Around 6 p.m., Officer Jason Downs and Sgt. Tony Rivera of Butler University Police Department responded to a call from the victim at Apartment Village Building H.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim had bloody welts near her ear and on her shoulder, according to the report.

The victim was able to identify where the shots came from. Officers then questioned the suspect, a black male student, who said he aimed at the victim and shot her with the air pellet gun.

Officers then photographed the evidence, which included an air pellet gun and pellets, according to the report.

The victim declined to press criminal charges. The case has been referred to the office of Student Affairs.

As of press time, Irene Stevens, dean of student life, said that the case was still in the disciplinary process and that hearings had not yet concluded.

Stevens said that university policy prevented her from commenting further on the matter.

Hunter said that the case is still open and that the victim may still decide to press charges.

The incident is listed on the daily crime log maintained by BUPD in accordance with the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campus crimes to be recorded.

Room 103 in Apartment Village Building H, is the listed location in the report, which is open to public inspection and can be found on BUPD’s website.

When The Collegian attempted to contact those living in the apartment, a woman answered the door. She said that she had heard about the incident but had no comment on the details.

Collegian sources have linked former men’s basketball player Chrishawn Hopkins to the incident.

University officials have not confirmed or denied these reports. Hopkins has not commented on the issue.

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