Mar 10, 2014 9:06 PM by Dave Fields

Student reportedly shot with BB gun in front UL library

University Police (UP) on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL) confirm that they are investigating a reported shooting of a student Sunday night in front of the Dupre Library with what police suggest was likely a BB gun.

The complainant says he called 911 at 8:27 p.m., approximately two minutes after being shot in the hand. The student, Brandon Verret, who coincidentally heads the Student Government Association's safety committee, said he feels lucky that he wasn't struck elsewhere on his body.

"It felt a little bit like a paintball gun at first," said Verret, who said that the shot that hit him was one of three shots he says emanated from a vehicle that passed him on E. St. Mary Blvd. Verret said that two female witnesses were present in front of the library who may have seen the shooting.

University Police spokesperson Sgt. Billy Abrams verified that a report of the shooting had been made.

"In regards to the incident that occurs last night, the case is currently under investigation, witnesses have been interviewed and leads are being investigated," Abrams said.

Verret said that, after composing himself, he watched the perpetrator's vehicle turn from St. Mary onto Rex St., at which point he says that he heard an additional three shots.

"It's been several years since we had a report of any incident involving a BB gun," Abrams indicated.

Anyone with information about this incident should call University Police at 337-482-6447 or call 911.



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