Four students were injured in a shootout at a block party on Tuesday night outside a library at the Atlanta University Center.
The students, who are between 17 and 19 years old according to police, were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds ranging from abrasions. They were hit when two groups began shooting in front of the Robert W. Woodruff Library on James P. Brawley Drive.
"It seems there were two separate groups targeting and these people were just caught in the crossfire. William Ricker, Atlanta Police Chief, told Channel 2 Action News.
According to news channels, two of the injured students are from Spelman College and two from Clark Atlanta University. One woman was shot in the chest and another in the leg.
Their conditions are unknown on Wednesday morning.
The party celebrated the end of the student reorientation and the beginning of Wednesday's class, Channel 2 reported. Gunfire around 1
"We heard several shots and everyone started running," said a junior at Morehouse College who did not want to be identified, the news channel. "There was just a lot of confusion in the area."
Debra Williams, police chief of Clark Atlanta, asked the students to stay away from the library overnight while an investigation was being conducted. Officials searched the area and talked to witnesses.
"It's ridiculous for someone to come here and start shooting things when people just want to have fun," second-year student Alexis Carter told Channel 2.
It's not known whether the shooters are also students at the Atlanta University Center, which includes the Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and the Clark Atlanta University.
For Wednesday noon, a prayer vigil is posted on the boardwalk, a brick walkway that runs in front of the library and leads across the campus of Clark Atlanta.
"Evil will not be able to navigate our campus," Clark Atlanta University's Religious Life Bureau said in an Instagram post announcing details of the vigil.
We are working to find out more.
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