KSU Shooting Happened During Fight, Suspect Identified


Quavaugntay L. Tyler

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KENT, Ohio – Authorities released new information during a press conference this morning after a shot was fired into the ground at Kent State University Wednesday night.

The incident outside of Bowman Hall (an academic building) put the campus on lockdown from shortly after 8 p.m. until just before 11 p.m.

Students received a text about the lockdown and were also alerted once the lockdown was lifted.

A suspect was arrested just before midnight in Portage County. That suspect has been identified as Quavaugntay L. Tyler, 24, who is a freshman at Kent State University.

According to officials, Tyler was reportedly involved in an altercation with two female students near Bowman Hall at the time of the incident. He was dating both females, according to officials.

Tyler pulled a weapon out of his waistband, and it immediately discharged, hitting his left hand. The women fled, and witnesses alerted police to Tyler’s whereabouts.

He was arrested in the campus business administration building on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Officials said Tyler was on probation at the time of the incident, so he could also face federal charges.

Tyler is also the suspect in a rash of thefts in the area, according to officials.

He is set to be arraigned on Friday.

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