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Rochester woman shot at block party near college campus in Atlanta

August 21, 2019 05:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A recent School of the Arts graduate was among four college students who were wounded when a gunman opened fire into a crowd of 200 people outside a library near Clark Atlanta University.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Elyse Spencer was shot in the chest. All four injured women were in stable condition after the gunfire, which happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

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According to a Facebook post by Mayor Lovely Warren, Spencer interned for the City of Rochester and "touched so many lives at City Hall and beyond." Spencer, a 2019 graduate of School of the Arts, had left the Rochester area last week to attend Spelman College.

The shooter had not yet been apprehended Wednesday morning.

The four students were shot outside a library that serves Clark Atlanta and other nearby historically black colleges. The block party was celebrating the end of orientation for new students.

An argument broke out between two parties and someone opened fire, investigators said. Video aired by WXIA-TV shows dozens of students running frantically after the gunshots were heard.

“It appears there were two separate groups that were targeting each other, and these people were just caught in the crossfire,” Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker told WSB-TV.

“Evil will not have its way on our campus,” the Clark Atlanta University’s Office of Religious Life said on social media as it announced details of a prayer vigil planned for noon Wednesday.

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