According to Delaware Online, a shooting occurred on the campus of Delaware State University located at 1200 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901.
College officials reported that four victims were shot early Saturday, September 3, 2022, near the basketball courts. Two victims were students at the campus, an 18-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man. The report stated that a non-student opened fire on a crowd. The DSU president said the injured students were doing "much better" but did not give details on the condition of the non-students. Police are investigating the incident but have not released any information on a suspect.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards represents victims of shootings in civil lawsuits. Recently Phil shared his insight on the legal options available to victims of college shootings. He explained when victims could sue for being shot on a college campus.
"It is the responsibility of universities and colleges to provide a safe environment for their students and staff. College campuses should have a safety plan in place to reduce preventable crime. It is possible to reduce the risk of criminal incidents by monitoring campus entrances, having security cameras throughout the campus, and hiring a sufficient number of patrolling security officers. A court may find the school negligent if a crime occurs because they failed to place the safety of their students first."
"Following a campus shooting, there are many things to investigate. Criminal lawsuits can be filed by victims and their families. If the college was found to have neglected its security, a civil suit may be filed against it. College shooting victims can consult with an experienced college shooting attorney to determine if they have grounds to file a suit. They will need to prove that the crime was foreseeable and that the college was negligent. When a campus has a history of violence, but the college fails to increase its security, crimes that occur may be deemed foreseeable. In the event of security negligence, victims and their families may be able to recover compensation."