University of Akron officials are calling a frightening, and potentially more severe, incident that led to the brief lockdown of the campus more than a week ago a "teaching moment," that all students can learn from.
In the early morning hours of November 10th, a gun went off in a dorm in the Exchange Street Residence Hall. Two teens from Bedford, who were let in by two University of Akron students, were involved in the incident; one of them, a 17-year-old had the gun that accidentally went off and shot the second man, a 19-year-old.
Now, the two students who let those two non-UA students into the dorms, are barred from UA dorms and are charged with obstructing justice.
Reports are those students lied about letting the others in, but security cameras caught them doing just that.
The University of Akron was locked down briefly after a gun accidentally went off in a dorm at the Exchange Street Residence Hall early Saturday morning.
According to UA Police, the call of a gunshot that was heard coming from a campus dorm was made about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found that a 19-year-old from Bedford was shot in the stomach after a gun that a 17-year-old was carrying and reportedly went off accidentally.
The victim, identified as Tommy Micah Lavette was transported to Akron General, there's been no update on his injuries. The 17-year-old suspect, whose name hasn't been released, was arrested, charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, and taken to Summit County Juvenile Center.
The lockdown was lifted around 2:15 Saturday morning. Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident is reportedly still ongoing.
Below is the full press release from the University of Akron.
The University of Akron (UA) cares deeply about our campus community, and we are steadfast in our commitment to the safety and security of our students, employees, visitors and guests.
The University of Akron Police Department’s preliminary investigation of an incident that occurred early this morning shows that two non-University of Akron individuals were let into the Exchange Street Resident Hall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning by as-yet unidentified person(s). During a visit to a room of an acquaintance in the residence hall, there was what appears to have been an accidental discharge of a handgun, resulting in a wound to the abdomen of the victim, 19-year old Tommy Micah Lavette of Bedford, Ohio. He was transported to Akron General Cleveland Clinic Hospital where he is being treated for his injury. No one else was injured. The suspect, a 17-year old male, also of Bedford, was taken into custody and transported to the Summit County Juvenile Center. He has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm. Both the police investigation and the University’s review of the incident are ongoing.
UA prohibits firearms in residence halls and requires resident students to have responsibility for the actions of any guests. This incident underscores the importance of this policy.
We understand that this situation was very concerning for many people and University representatives from the Division of Student Affairs and Residence Life and Housing have been on scene and providing support to other UA students. They also will be discussing campus safety and additional ways to improve our efforts with students in the days ahead.
We appreciate the cooperation of all parties as University officials and the University of Akron Police Department (UAPD) continue the investigation. As a community, we also encourage students to remain diligent advocates for safety. If you have information that can assist investigators, please notify UAPD at 330-972-2911.
Counselors will be available for students by calling 330-972-7082 or visiting Simmons Hall 306 on Monday. Students seeking immediate assistance should contact Residence Life staff who will connect them to the counselor on-call.