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WVU urges caution, issues Community Notice after recent shooting incidents in downtown Morgantown

This is a graphic for a 'Community Notice.' The words are written in blue on a gold background and are under the outline of a bell.

WVU issued a Community Notice on Saturday, Nov. 5, following recent shooting incidents off campus in downtown Morgantown. (WVU Graphic)

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West Virginia University Police urge members of the campus community to use caution and be vigilant after two shooting incidents off campus in downtown Morgantown Oct. 30 and Nov. 5.

WVU implemented its emergency notification system in both cases, issuing a Community Notice through the WVU Safety & Wellness social media accounts. Neither incident involved a WVU student or member of the campus community, and in both cases, there was no immediate threat to campus based on the information available.

“These are the latest in several similar crimes that happened in the same general area since September, and I want our campus community, especially students, to be aware of them, but also to know that our department works closely with Morgantown Police to address incidents such as these,” UPD Chief Sherry St. Clair said. “The relationship we have with MPD is important and we appreciate their partnership.”

Morgantown Police is investigating both incidents which occurred along High Street in the early morning hours. In each incident, a person was injured and the search for suspects continues.

Anyone with information about either incident should contact Morgantown Police at 304-284-7522. Callers may also share information anonymously at 304-284-7520.

WVU is committed to providing a safe campus for the protection of the University community. University officials remind students to always remain aware of their surroundings, walk in well-lit areas and consider other personal safety tips, advice and services located at and The following safety tips are designed to help avoid potential crime.

    • Anyone who believes they are in danger should immediately call 911.
    • If you witness a potentially dangerous situation or a crime, call 911 or WVUPD.
    • Download WVU’s LiveSafe app.
    • Always be aware of your surroundings.
    • Know your neighborhood. Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones – as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.

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Students and employees are also encouraged to follow the WVU Safety and Wellness Facebook page and @WVUsafety on Twitter.

A Community Notice is part of WVU’s three-tiered emergency notification system used to enhance student and employee safety and provide useful information to the community.



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