Widener student critical but stable after shooting

This comes to you from our Daily News colleague Dana DiFilippo:

The lockdown has been lifted at Widener University, where a gunman last night shot a student who was sitting in a car near the Chester campus'  athletic facility.

The injured student remains in critical but stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center this morning, university spokesman Dan Hanson said. Hanson declined to release further information about the student or his injuries today, saying the family asked for privacy.

The student was ambushed about 8:40 p.m. as he sat in a car near the Schwartz Athletic Center, prompting campus officials to urge students to "seek shelter and remain indoors." That alert ended and classes continued as scheduled this morning.

The suspect is still at large, but authorities say the attack appears to be targeted and the shooter is believed to have fled into the Sun Hill neighborhood, which borders the Delaware County campus. Police used K-9 teams to search for the gunman there and in the surrounding woods.

"All indications are that this was not a random act of violence," Hanson said.

Widener enrolls 6,300 undergraduates and graduate students on four campuses; Chester is its main campus.

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