In the wake of the shooting early yesterday of an IUP student, campus police are recommending that students travel in groups, stay alert and watchful after dark, and avoid dark or secluded areas. They are also offering a police escort by request for students who are traveling alone after dark on campus.
The shooting just after 2 AM in the 500 block of Maple Street in White Township may have been a road rage incident. The victim or one of his passengers got out of their car at 7th and Philadelphia Streets in downtown Indiana, evidently to latch the hood, which had popped open. The shooter was in the car behind the victim and may have been upset by the delay. He followed the victim to his apartment, got out of his car and knocked the victim down, struck him several times more, and then pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. The victim, 20-year-old Hayden Warmke of Hollidaysburg, was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
The suspect is a white male in his twenties, driving a silver Lincoln MKZ sedan with a sunroof. There are some leads;state police have surveillance footage of the incident, and they are seeking a man who was in the shooter’s car who saw the incident and ran away on foot.