Suspect charged in shooting on Texas Southern University campus

HOUSTON – A man has been charged after he allegedly shot two people outside a Texas Southern University dormitory Wednesday night.

Darrius T. Nichols, 20 year old sophomore at TSU is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to authorities, a TSU police officer responded to a disturbance call in the parking lot of the dorm in the 3500 block of Blodgett around 9:40 p.m.

Upon arrival, the officer saw a man firing a gun toward a crowd.

The officer instructed the suspect to drop the gun, but the suspect turned toward the officer with the gun still his hand, police say. The officer discharged his duty weapon but missed.

TSU police Chief Roger Byars said, "The shooter actually had his weapon in hand and at one point, our investigation is revealing that he turned on the the officer and pointed. The officer did engage by shooting at the suspect. The officer's round hit a car next to the suspect. The suspect did go to the ground."

The suspect, who is from Garland, Texas, immediately surrendered and was taken into custody.

Two victims, LaKeytric Quinn and Alexandra Hicks, who are not TSU students, had been shot by the suspect before the officer arrived.

Quinn was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Hicks was also taken to the hospital, where she was treated and released.

The campus was never placed on lockdown.

Chief Byars said, "The motive for it is not clear at this time.  We do believe there was past history between some of these individuals that was to a degree hostile."

"This is just injustice.  It's not right," said Kassidy Mercer.  She said she is friends with Quinn.  She told KPRC 2, "I would like to see whoever did it they need to get what they deserve because you don't try to take the life of somebody.  You don't do that especially for no reason."

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