8 people shot near Virginia’s James Madison University: Police

At least eight people were wounded early Sunday near the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when shots were fired into a crowd gathered outside an off-campus apartment complex, police said.

The shooting broke out in a neighborhood southwest of the university, the police said.

8 people shot near Virginia’s James Madison University: Police

No arrests were announced as investigators worked to identify a suspect or suspects in the shooting, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department.

All of the victims suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to police. Five of the victims were taken to nearby Sentara RMH Medical Center, and three others were treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center, authorities said.

The victims ranged in age from 18 to 27. It was not immediately clear if any James Madison University students were among the injured.

“The incident occurred at 2:20 a.m. when one or more unknown individuals fired multiple shots into a crowd at an outdoor gathering,” Harrisonburg police said in a statement.

No suspects were at the scene when officers arrived and began rendering aid to the injured, police said.

While the circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation, police officials said it appeared to be an isolated incident and said, “there is not believed to be any threat to the greater community at this time.”

Police said anyone with information about the shooting can call the agency’s tip line at (540) 574-5050.

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