AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Police Department received a call at approximately 9:20 p.m. Oct. 30 that a gun had gone off in Cashin Residence Hall, wounding a student.
When police arrived on the scene, they discovered a student had suffered a gun shot wound to the neck. Police officers administered first aid. The student was then taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
The student in question is a male, 24 years old, in his junior year, and majoring in engineering. He is from Massachusetts. The police are not releasing his name at this point.
After arrival at the medical center, the student underwent surgery for the neck wound. He was reported in fair condition after surgery and throughout the day on Oct. 31. Two men were reportedly seen leaving the residence hall "in a speedy fashion" immediately after the incident. No parties or Halloween celebrations were going on in the vicinity at the time of the incident, according to police. Cashin has a capacity of about 440 students, and is located in the northeast area of the campus.
Police strongly believe that this was not a random assault, and are reassuring students and parents on this matter, according to Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police John W. "Jack" Luippold. Police have also taken additional security measures in the area. Also, over the Halloween weekend all residential areas will be locked 24 hours a day, so that students must use a key or card to enter.
"The incident was very regrettable," said News Director Kay Scanlan. "However, the police believe it was an isolated incident, not a random shooting. We believe strongly that other students are not in any danger."
UMass police have asked anyone with information on the incident to call the TIPS hotline, 413/577-TIPS. Concerned students and parents should call the Office of the Dean of Students with questions, 413/545-2684 weekdays, or via the police dispatcher line, 413/545-2121 on evenings and weekends.
The investigation is continuing.