Texas Southern University student killed in accidental shooting – FOX13 News Memphis

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HOUSTON — A Texas Southern University student was killed Thursday after he was accidentally shot by another man in an apartment near campus, authorities and school officials said.

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The shooting took place around 11 p.m. CDT at Urban Academic Village, a student housing complex, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The victim’s name has not been released. The man’s roommate was showing him and a friend a gun, police said. The weapon was believed to be unloaded, but at some point it discharged, hitting the victim in the chest, according to KTRK.

According to Houston Police Department spokesman Lt. R. Willkens, several people tried to help the victim.

“(The man’s friends) immediately tried to help him, gave him first aid as best they could,” Willkens told reporters. “They came down quickly, got him into a car, called 911. Other people tried to help.”

Houston Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to an area hospital, where he died, the Chronicle reported.

“Really, it’s just a horrible tragedy, so prayers for everyone involved,” Willkens told reporters.

According to KTRK-TV, the victim was a member of TSU’s Ocean of Soul Marching Band. The school confirmed he was a college senior who played trumpet in the marching band, was a member of the fraternity and was due to graduate in December, according to KHOU-TV.

“This campus – this Tiger family – really is a family. It’s a tight-knit community, especially the Ocean of Soul, the marching band,” Tracy Clemons, the university’s vice president of marketing and communications, told the TV station.

“The Texas Southern University family is saddened by an accidental shooting at an overnight accommodation on campus,” university officials said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim whose life was lost. The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. This is an isolated and accidental incident.

A private vigil was held for the victim Friday night, and the band dedicated their performance to the spring football game in his memory, KTRK reported.

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