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Person hit by “plastic projectile” near NC State University

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – North Carolina State University police are investigating two separate cases in which people were shot with an air-powered pellet gun.

The first happened on Friday night and the second on Tuesday night.

Students talk about their safety on campus when the sun goes down or when they are walking alone.

According to the Campus police Facebook page, the two incidents are separate. However, both happened at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Brooks Avenue.

“I think that’s very unsafe. And honestly, if they’re making a joke out of this, I don’t think that’s the joke they should be making,” Rana said.

Students say they are aware of the potential dangers that can arise at night because their campus is open to the public. Because of this, they prefer to run in groups and during the day.

“I really don’t like going at night because it’s a bit strange that there aren’t that many people around. Yes, we try to drive during the day because obviously it’s a bit safer during the day,” Daniels said.

Up-and-coming junior student Lauren Clark, who is usually always by her side, agrees.

“It’s kind of unsafe to leave classrooms like down Hillsborough Street because anybody can stop and talk to you and ask you anything,” Clark said.

Police were unable to get the description of the potential suspects, other than that they were all white males from Tuesday night. Despite this, they were able to provide the campus police with a description of the cars.

On Tuesday evening, the description read a white four-door Nissan Altima, traveling east on Hillsborough Street.

Friday night’s description was a silver four-door pickup truck traveling east on Hillsborough Street.

Clark spoke about taking a late night class that prevented her from walking in a group, but which she would like to see more of from campus police.

“I have a feeling that maybe it would be good to have more police on campus in certain areas. Because I usually never saw the police over there when I left the classroom. So that’s something to consider,” Clark told us.

CBS 17 reached out to campus police for an interview, but at the time they were unable to speak. They said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with details should contact campus police.

Another sophomore named Roshan Rana, who generally feels safe on campus, said the news was somewhat alarming.

NC State has listed a few things to keep students from becoming victims.

The campus community is always encouraged to take the following steps to protect themselves:

  • Attackers are more likely to target individuals walking alone, walking down dark or unlit paths, or who are distracted by headphones or activities such as texting.
  • If possible, go in groups, especially at night. Also in groups, be mindful of your surroundings and the safety of others in your group.
  • Don’t wear earplugs, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.

– Security escort services and public transport are available as an alternative to walking. Individuals can contact Safety Escort Services at 919-515-3000.

– If you feel unsafe or threatened in any situation, trust your instincts and immediately contact the campus police to report any suspicious activity or crime on campus by calling 911 or 919-515-3000

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/person-hit-with-plastic-projectile-near-nc-state-university/ Person hit by “plastic projectile” near NC State University

DUSTIN JONES

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