UPDATE: Police release composite image of UA shooting suspect

Published: Apr. 28, 2016 at 11:22 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - University of Arizona police have released a composite image of a suspect in a shooting on campus on Wednesday night.

Police determined that the person of interest announced in UAlerts is the victim of the shooting.

According to a news release, a 23-year-old man sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his buttocks. He was treated and released early Thursday, April 28.

The victim told police he was approached by three men, one of whom shot at the victim several times, hitting him once.

The suspects fled in a dark-colored SUV.

The UAPD began sending alerts to campus staff and employees around 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, stating possible shots had been fired near the Keating Bio 5 building, 1657 E. Helen Street.

When officers got to the scene, they discovered shell casings and blood, according to Sgt. Fil Barrera, public information officer for UAPD.

UA police do not believe the shooting was campus-related. Police think the victim had a confrontation with the suspects at another location and they followed him onto campus.

Barrera said, "Unfortunately, we don't have a big fence around the university so sometimes stuff does spill over. What we want people to do is just to remain diligent."

Students were on high alert Thursday after receiving the UAlert last night. Matt Wheeler, a senior at the U of A, said he was heading into work at the Bio 5 research building when he got the alert text last night.

"It just kind of concerns me especially at night because I usually come here at night to do homework and I don't leave until 11 or midnight so that was interesting so I'm going to be more cautious about it now" said Wheeler.

Police are working to enhance surveillance video of the area to get a clearer description of the suspects and the getaway car. They're asking anyone with information that could help in the investigation to call police.

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