Gunshots allegedly fired at event involving SRU students

Published by adviser, Author: Haley Barnes - News Editor, Date: April 23, 2015
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Gunshots were allegedly fired after Monroeville police responded to an incident of overcrowding at Winghart’s Whiskey & Burger Bar located at Monroeville Mall early Saturday morning around 1 a.m., where the #AllWhiteAffair2015 was hosted.

The #AllWhiteAffair2015 was an 18-and-over party where guests wear white outfits. Over 500 people were in attendance at the party, including some SRU students.

Brothers of SRU fraternity Phi Beta Sigma advertised the event on their social media accounts. SRU Public Relations Director Rita Abent said that students from Indiana University, California University and the University of Pittsburgh attended as well.

“This was not a fraternity party and no fraternity funds were used for the party,” she said. “It was not a university event. It was a party organized by private individuals who signed the venue and transportation contracts and are personally responsible for meeting those obligations.”

Monroeville Police Chief Douglas Cole said on Wednesday that police were trying to clear everyone out into the parking lot because the restaurant was over capacity. He said that the gunshots were allegedly fired at 1:13 a.m. from an unknown shooter. Police are still investigating the alleged gunshots.

Abent said that one person was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Cole said that no additional arrests have been made.

He said that two people were injured in the crowd, a 19-year-old female and a 25-year-old male. Cole said that the male’s injuries were not life-threatening and that the female’s injuries were unrelated to the incident.

Abent said that since the event was private, the university has no authority in the matter.

“It is my understanding that the individuals involved have retained legal council and that all future statements would come from their attorney,” she said.

Phi Beta Sigma was not available for comment.

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