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WMU temporarily suspends frat that was site of weekend shooting
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Western Michigan University issues a temporary suspension of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity house.
The move follows a weekend shooting in front of the house in the 3400 block of West Michigan Avenue, that left two people injured.
Fraternity members tell Newschannel 3 they were having a private birthday party for a friend Saturday night. Early Sunday morning uninvited guests showed up and when they were turned away, the situation turned ugly.
"I came home a little later, like 3 o'clock and there was just police lined up down this road and it was all taped off," said a neighbor.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers say bricks were thrown through the windows and shots were fired.
"There were two individuals that were injured but only one sustained a bullet wound to the leg," said Asst. Chief Don Webster, KDPS.
KDPS says the second victim, a woman, had shattered glass lodged in her back.
Neither person injured is a WMU student. Both are expected to recover.
KDPS is still searching for a suspect.
"It makes me nervous to live next to them, I guess. I lived here last year and everything was fine - that's why we re-signed. We really like the location and everything was good. And now these neighbors are making everything worse," said Sarah Alward, neighbor.
The university says, following the shooting, it received a number of other complaints from neighbors in the area, prompting the decision to suspend the fraternity while all the issues are examined.
The suspension means the fraternity cannot hold any social activities. It also must petition university officials for permission to meet with its members until further notice.