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Terre Haute Police Investigate Violent Fraternity Party

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by Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ― Terre Haute police are investigating a weekend party on the city’s north side that resulted in at least 30 shots fired, two people injured and one arrest.

The party at the Indiana National Guard Armory involved Indiana State University’s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the Tribune Star reported.

Police say thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles were on the parking lots of the armory and a nearby high school when authorities arrived around midnight Saturday and observed participants fighting.

One victim sustained cuts from car glass that shattered from gunshots.

A vehicle struck another victim. The driver was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.

“A criminal investigation is underway,” said Shawn Keen, acting police chief, in a news release. “Based on the serious risk that was posed to citizens, and responding officers, the investigation will also seek to determine how this event was permitted and how the break-down in control by event organizers and private security occurred.”

The fraternity registered the off-campus event with the university’s fraternity/sorority life office. The rental agreement shows that the event was an “ISU social,” and the contracts states that alcohol wouldn’t be served.

The party was advertised to people outside of Terre Haute. Police couldn’t immediately determine if most attendees were university students.

The university’s vice president for student affairs, Willie Banks, said the school is looking into the event to ensure both university and Armory regulations and rules were followed.

“Everyone takes this seriously,” Banks said.

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