Rice Urges Caution After Shootings

September 9, 2009

The Rice University Police Department is cautioning joggers to remain vigilant, after five people were shot at over the Labor Day weekend by someone using an air-powered weapon or BB gun.

There were no serious injuries, although one Rice student was shot and pushed to the ground in an incident near the campus by assailants who were on foot.

In the four other incidents, people who were walking or jogging on the soft trail that loops around the perimeter of the Rice campus were shot by a group of men. The victims reported seeing a white pick-up truck with three men inside on Sunday. The victims on Monday reported seeing a group of men inside a grey SUV.

The Rice University Police Department is urging the Rice community to be cautious. They also ask that similar incidents be reported to them.

The first two incidents occurred between 2 and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. A woman who was shot on the sidewalk between entrances 3 and 4 along South Main observed a white pickup truck occupied by two men who were driving south on Main. A man who was shot along Rice Boulevard between Greenbriar Drive and Entrance 17 also described a white pickup truck, but with three occupants.

The other three incidents occurred on Labor Day between 1:20 and 1:35 p.m. A man who was shot on Rice Boulevard near Hazard Street said the shooter was in the back seat of a gray SUV, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, occupied by three to four men; the vehicle had a Texas license plate, but the victim did not see the license number. A female jogger was shot in the arm near Greenbriar Drive and Rice Boulevard by a suspect in a small gray SUV occupied by three white men. The shooter was in the right rear seat.

The third Labor Day incident involved a female Rice student. She was shot in the arm on University Boulevard near Morningside by one of two men on foot; one of the assailants was black and pushed her to the ground before both assailants ran away.

Rice University spokesman B. J. Almond said that there have been no similar incidents near the campus since the Labor Day weekend. There were similar shootings reported in Houston, on Bissonnet in the Southampton area and another shooting on Interstate 45. Those shootings involved some kind of air-powered weapon, possibly a BB gun.

Rice University police are still seeking any information that could help solve these cases. The department can be reached at 713-348-6000.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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