A suspect is in custody after a college baseball player was shot after a game Friday in Ohio.
The athlete, who plays at Michigan’s Olivet College, suffered “life-threatening injuries” and has since been released from the hospital after “an incident with an individual with a firearm” when he returned to the dugout to retrieve an item. After playing at Muskingum University, According to the school.
“The rest of the team are safe, spent the night safely at a hotel and are now returning to Olivet,” the school said in a statement. “Games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have been canceled. The college is in contact with the student-athletes and their parents and will continue to provide support in the coming days.”
The player, whose name has not been released, was shot at 7pm at Moses Morehead Field after his team won the game. CNN. or The warning is published on the university’s website He noted that members of the Muskingum University community were not injured as a result of the shooting.
at 19:15 Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office It tweeted that the suspect was not yet in custody and that those in the area should “take cover and report any suspicious activity to 911.”
About 45 minutes later, the office tweeted that one suspect was in custody, “a large number of law enforcement in the New Concord area while the investigation continues.”
At 8:46 p.m., the sheriff’s office concluded it was “no longer seeking other suspects” with one suspect in custody.
When reached for comment on the suspect’s identity, Muskingum County Sheriff Matthew Lutz told PEOPLE that the office “will not release names until we file formal charges,” “per policy with our prosecutor.”
“This is a difficult time for everyone involved and our focus is on supporting the student-athletes and staff,” Olivet added at the end of the statement. “Please keep your fellow Comets in your thoughts and prayers.”
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Photos from the scene WSYX Show authorities walking around campus and at night with flashlights. Muskingum player Mitchell Trace told the outlet that the team met with counselors after the shooting and also described the scene of the incident.
“We [were] Talking in the right pitch and then all you hear is gunshots, multiple gunshots. We all run. We run until we really can’t anymore. It was really like panic. Run as fast as you can, make sure everyone’s okay.”
A message from Muskingum President Sue Hasseller It was updated on Saturday that the “remaining spectators” were evacuated from the area, while the “entire campus” was asked to shelter in place. He added that “our thoughts and prayers go out to this young man, his family and his teammates.”
“We will continue to provide appropriate support to all students and staff as we process this senseless act of violence on our campus,” Hasseller wrote, noting that all athletic events on campus have been postponed for the weekend.
“Last night the whole community came together and showed deep care for each other,” he said. “We continue to be grateful to members of the wider community who have shared their thoughts and prayers and offered support to the many staff members who directly support our students and each other.”
“This is a strong and compassionate community and we will support each other as we come to terms with this very troubling situation.”
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