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7 people shot at house party blocks from Ball State campus, 1 arrested

Va Shaun Harnett (Photo By Delaware County Jail)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Muncie Police Department says seven people were shot at a house party near the  Ball State University campus.

Around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a shooting in the 2400 block of Euclid Avenue, just five blocks west of campus.

Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle said three people were in critical condition after the shooting. At least two people had to be airlifted by EMS helicopter to nearby hospitals for treatment. Ball State says one of the people shot was a student at the university. The student was treated and released from Ball Memorial Hospital, according to the university.

Officials say 19-year-old Va Shaun Harnett, of Muncie, has been arrested in connection to the shooting. He is facing two charges of attempted murder and is being held at the Delaware County Jail without bond. Ball State says Harnett is not a student at the university.

“It was a party with a DJ,” Winkle said. “Evidently, there was some kind of a confrontation inside the house [and] it turned into a shooting. We’ve got seven gunshot victims. I believe one has been life-lined to Indianapolis, two are pretty serious, and several are minor wounds that will actually be released tonight.”

Winkle said there were somewhere between 50 and 75 people at the house during the time of the shooting.

“We don’t get a lot of calls there, certainly these kind of calls,” Winkle said. “But I think anytime you have a DJ and you get word out there that there’s a party there, you are gonna draw a bunch of different people from all over town, so I think that’s probably what’s happened.”

An investigation is currently underway to determine a motive, but police say they don’t believe there is a current threat to students on campus.

Investigators with the Muncie Police Department quickly began interviewing witnesses and gathering any potential evidence related to the shooting. Ball State University campus police are assisting in the investigation.

In a statement, Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns said the following:

“Keeping all members of our campus community safe is a top priority. This is a very unfortunate event. We wish all the victims a full and prompt recovery.”

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