By Lisa Pfaff – Staff Writer
On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 11 at approximately 1 a.m., a non-fatal shooting took place one and a half miles from the California Borough and campus. According to Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman, the incident occurred due to a fight at the Porky’s Pub, a tavern located in the borough of Long Branch. It was reported that five or six successive shots were fired during the confrontation. The victim, a 22-year-old Donora man, who was shot in the leg, is not a California University student. The victim was unable to identify his assailants due to being shot from behind.
At the current time the assailants have not yet been apprehended, and it is believed that the suspects have no relation to California University. According to the police report, the two suspects involved are described as one light-skinned African male, and one dark-skinned African male around 20 years old. The incident is currently being investigated by the Southwest regional Police Department. When I spoke to the California University Police Chief, Bob Downy, he stressed that the University Police Department wants to ensure that the University community remains safe and is aware of the situation.
“Cal U makes the safety and security of its students its top priority. Because of the incident’s proximity to our campus, and because the suspects were not immediately apprehended, the University issued a crime alert to notify the campus community. Our intention, as always, was to give our students, faculty, and staff the information they need to make prudent decisions,”Christine Kindl (University spokesperson) said.