INDIANA COUNTY, Pa. – Early Sunday morning, tragedy unfolded at the Chevy Chase Community Center, a mere mile from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). A Chicago student, 19, now fights for his life in critical condition, one of the nine victims of the horrific mass shooting.
According to reports the incident began around 12:30 a.m. amidst a private party, attended by 100 to 150 guests. The suspected shooter remains elusive, with state police intensifying their manhunt and urging caution.
While the 22-year-old Pittsburgh man’s life was claimed by the violence, eight others, including another IUP student, were injured. The university has since alerted its students to the risks, with the vice president of student affairs underscoring IUP’s dedication to safety and the wellbeing of its community.
The other victims have been identified as an 18-year-old from Florida, and six of the victims were between the ages of 19 and 23, all from Pennsylvania.
The shooting, coinciding with IUP’s homecoming weekend, has cast a pall over what should have been a celebratory time. Brandi Ports, the community center’s executive director, has issued a heartfelt statement on the tragedy and called for community support and assistance for the state police in their ongoing investigation.
Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro voiced his concern and prayers on X, urging the community’s help in solving this heinous crime. The investigation remains active, with authorities eagerly seeking any leads on the assailant.