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Stray bullet goes through Marquette University eighth floor dorm window

Posted at 6:19 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 13:40:51-05

A stray bullet went through an eighth floor window of a Marquette University dorm late Sunday night.

"Usually, shootings happen off campus or no where near campus at all," Siena Pierce, Sophomore said. "I was really surprised."

A statement from Marquette says the bullet was from an exchange between two cars near 17th Street, north of Highland Avenue.

The dorm holds freshman and sophomore students. The University says the bullet went through a window in a common study area on the eighth floor.

"I probably heard five or six shots," Eden Allahverdy, Freshman said. "I honestly put it off and went to sleep because I'm like, there is no way that it would be gunshots and be this close to this building. It's the last thing you'd expect."

The bullet went through the window in Marquette's Wells Tower about 11: 20 p.m. No one was injured.

The shooting was nearly half a mile away from the dorm. Monday, students say they generally feel safe on campus but never thought something like this would happen. Ethan Porembski lives on the sixth floor and he thought he'd be safe on a higher level of the dorm.

"Me and my friends were talking about it," Porembski said. "We're engineers so we're like, imagine the trajectory of that. It was pretty scary that it was so close to home."

Marquette University Police Department and Resident Assistants went door-to-door in Wells Tower to check that all tenants were unharmed.

Milwaukee police continue to investigate this incident, and there is no ongoing threat to Marquette's campus.

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