ODU police chief says officers are being proactive about crime near campus

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 6:44 PM

NORFOLK --The police chief for Old Dominion University says her department is being proactive when it comes to dealing with crime that affects ODU students.

Rhonda Harris spoke to 13News Now Monday following the weekend shooting of two people - not students -  near campus.

"Even prior to this weekend, we had partnered with the City Attorney’s office, the City of Norfolk police, with the state ABC in getting over there and addressing some of the parties and different kinds of disorder that were happening in the neighborhood," she said.

The victims were part of a larger group walking on Killam Avenue crossing at 41st Street. Witnesses heard someone yelling and then heard shots.

Police responded to the area shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday and located a female and male victim with gunshot wounds.

"As soon as I walked into my house, I walked into my kitchen, and all I started hearing was pops," recalled Thomas Lail, who passed a crowd at the intersection moments before the shooting.

Both victims, adults, were taken to the and were expected to be okay

Old Dominion University put out an alert to make the school community aware of what happened near campus. Lail said he got his about 90 minutes after the shooting.

"You would think if that happens you should have it within 10 to 15 minutes afterwards. I mean, the cops were here within 5 minutes, so you would think there would be a warning going out by then," Lail said.

In a statement, ODU spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen Collins wrote: "Old Dominion Police are working in partnership with Norfolk Police to investigate this off-campus incident.  ODU Police have also been working since the start of the semester, as they did last year, with the city's bar task force and state agents to address large, open access parties that are attracting students from all the area colleges and individuals from outside the area.  The university is ramping up those and other security efforts even further and University Police have encouraged students to avoid these parties."

No details have been released regarding a possible motive for the shooting. 

Police responded to a shooting in the same area on August 24th.

Anyone with information about the one Sunday morning should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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