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Dorm shooting at Delaware college injures one student

Delaware State University went on lockdown for three hours Monday, after a student was shot at a residence hall near the college.

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Hours before a student was shot at a Delaware State University residence hall, Marysville Pilchuck High School students returned to class for the first time after the Oct. 24 shooting that has left four of their classmates dead.

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A student was shot at a residence hall near Delaware State University on Monday, prompting police to lock down the campus for nearly three hours before determining the shooting was an isolated act of violence.

The victim, a male student, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Kay Sass, Dover emergency management coordinator.

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The shooting was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at the Living and Learning Commons, said Dover Police Cpl. Mark Hoffman, and the campus was put on lockdown about 5:30 p.m., university spokesman Carlos Holmes said. The residence hall, formerly a Sheraton hotel, is about a half-mile north of the campus.

Neither Sass nor Hoffman offered any description of the shooter, who remained at large late Monday.

Hoffman said police believe the shooting was an isolated incident. Sass said investigators "felt comfortable enough to lift the lockdown" shortly after 8 p.m.

Breanna Barber, 18, a freshman from Abingdon, Maryland, said she learned about the shooting about 6 p.m. when her instructor got an alert on her cellphone and told students.

Delaware State University is a historically black university. It has more than 4,100 full- and part-time students, more than half of whom live on campus.