Police ID student shot, killed on TSU campus

By Anoushah Rasta - Reporter
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HOUSTON - Houston police have identified a freshman student that was shot and killed outside an apartment complex on the campus of Texas Southern University on Friday morning.

Police identify the victim as 18-year-old Brent Randall. Two suspects are in custody.

According to authorities, the third man who is still on the run is described as a 20 to 25 year old black male, around 6 feet tall. He is believed to be 180 to 190 pounds with dreadlocks, wearing a black shirt and black pants.

The shooting happened outside the Courtyard Apartments on Blodgett at Canfield around 11:30 a.m.

"I was just waiting to go to the auditorium for a mandatory freshman meeting and I heard that the shooting was here," said one student.

According to HPD, three black men ran inside the student housing building after the shooting, up to the fourth floor.

Police detained two of them but a third remains at large.

"At this point, the motive is still unclear," said Jodi Silva, with the Houston Police Department.

One shooting victim was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition, and later died. TSU said the victim was a freshman.

The other person was hit in the upper torso and in the back. The wounded victim is listed in stable condition at the hospital. It is unclear if he is a student at TSU.

"It does concern me as a student but at the same time, you have to realize your environment and where you're around," said another student.

TSU President, Dr. John Rudley, said the shooting may have been the result of an argument and possibly connected to another shooting at the same location on Thursday night.

He told KPRC 2 he does not believe the suspects are students.

"We have a lot of people who are admitted to our dormitories who are not students. Students let friends come in and those friends are not part of the university," said Dr. Rudley.

Classes at TSU were canceled for the remainder of the day Friday. A campus-wide lockdown was lifted at about 3 p.m.

Police said Thursday night's shooter remains on the loose and it is not known if the incidents are related.

A GoFundMe has been set up to assist with Randall's funeral expenses.

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