Several gunshots were fired during a Tuesday night brawl caught on video at Southern University, and authorities suspect the incident involved a handful of students.
Southern University police still are investigating the causes of the brawl, which featured at least a few different scuffles. But authorities do not believe the incident led to any serious injuries, said Ed Pratt, a spokesman for the school.
In videos apparently shot on cellphones, at least one person could be seen pointing what looked like a handgun into the air and firing it, Pratt said, although the footage didn’t show the gun pointed at any of the people.
Pratt said the fights broke out sometime around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. near some dormitories in the northern part of campus.
In one video posted online, four shots were fired into the air as several small fights were happening. At least a few people could be seen rolling on grass and wrestling while other people appeared to try and break up the fights.
Investigators identified several students involved in the fight and brought them in for questioning. Authorities believe the incident involved a group of primarily students and possibly one person who was not a student, Pratt said.
“Southern will not tolerate this type of behavior from its students or its guests,” Pratt said. “And we are aggressively working with law enforcement to make sure the participants face the appropriate consequences.”
Students involved in the fight could face disciplinary actions ranging from fines to expulsion, Pratt said.
In early March, a massive brawl between the women’s basketball teams of Southern and Texas Southern resulted in a handful of suspensions for both teams. The brawl, which was caught on video and included cheerleaders and spectators, occurred at Texas Southern’s arena in Houston.
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