SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Shippensburg University canceled classes early on Monday after two students were identified as “persons of interest” in a shooting near the campus that left a Philadelphia man dead and another wounded.
Classes and university activities were canceled beginning at 2 p.m. Students living on campus were encouraged to return to their residence halls where staff will provide programming and food.
In a statement on its website, university administrators said they have received no information that the students sought by police are close to the campus.
“State police have named the persons of interest as suspects and describe them as armed and dangerous. We recognize there is an increased level of anxiety,” the statement reads. “The university is taking this action in the best interest of students, faculty and staff.”
The Shippensburg Area School District also took precautions by not sending elementary students home on buses. Parents and guardians were told to pick up their children at school.
Authorities are looking for 20-year-olds Clayton S. Wilson and Quentin E. Furlow Jr., both registered students from Philadelphia.
Furlow may be driving a gray 2011 Infiniti G37 with a Pennsylvania license plate of KZJ-4211. Wilson may be driving a gray 2009 Nissan Maxima with a Pennsylvania registration of KYE-0169.
Authorities want to question the pair about a shooting that occurred around 8:15 p.m. Sunday on Rotz Avenue, behind the 200 block of High Street in Shippensburg Township and a few blocks from the university campus.
Shakur Myers, 21, was found dead near a vehicle. Another man, 21-year-old Samir Stevenson, also of Philadelphia, was flown to a hospital and remained in critical condition.
The victims are not students at the university, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Carlisle at 717-249-2121 and speak with Tpr. John Boardman.