Suspect held in connection with campus killing

By Calvin Palmer

Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the death of a student who was killed in the early hours of today by a stray bullet on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.

Jasmine Lynn, 19, of Kansas City, Missouri, was struck in the chest when shots were fired during a fight nearby. She was a student at neighboring Spelman College.

“One of the friends actually heard the gunshots, actually saw the weapon and told her to get on the ground,” Atlanta Police Lt Keith Meadows said. “Before she was able to get on the ground she was struck in the chest by a stray round.”

Another student was wounded in the wrist and taken to hospital. The 18-year-old’s identity has not been released but Clark Atlanta officials said he had been discharged from hospital.

An Atlanta Police spokesman said a person had been apprehended near the scene of the shooting and was helping police with their enquiries.

Danays Marquez, a Morris Brown College freshman from Miami, said she heard “at least five gunshots, back to back.”

Marquez said she walked up to Lynn, who was lying on the ground.

“She was drenched in blood and it looked like she was taking her last breath,” Marquez said. “It’s sad, because people are here trying to get education, and you’ve got to constantly be on the lookout because you’re scared somebody’s dying or you’re getting shot yourself.”

According to Lynn’s Myspace page, the sophomore was majoring in psychology and minoring in business. She was a 2008 graduate of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City.

Spelman president Beverly Daniel Tatum said in a statement: “On behalf of the entire Spelman College community, I want to express our deepest sympathy to Jasmine’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time of grief.

“The Spelman College flag will be flown at half-mast today at Jasmine’s honor.”

Clark Atlanta issued a statement saying campus police were working closely with the Atlanta Police Department on the case.

The statement said the university is offering counseling to students and employees. Campus officials said they will hold a series of town hall meetings on Thursday for faculty, staff and students to give updates and discuss campus safety.

[Based on reports by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Associated Press.]

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