Pennsylvania State Police Investigation Updates

October 8, 2019 - 8:38 p.m.

A message from President Carter

Dear Campus Community,

Over the past two days, I have engaged in conversations with students as well as campus and community leaders. I am left with how profoundly this tragic event has impacted us in so many different ways. Time and again, I listened to their concerns for our community and their desires to aid in the process of healing. It will take time, but we will begin to heal as one community.

I am grateful to our SUPD officers and all those who are working tirelessly to protect and provide support services to our students. Our campus police continue to engage with the PSP in the investigation, and in maintaining a sense of security on campus and the surrounding community. Although it does not bring a full sense of relief, our hard-working law enforcement hope that we can find comfort in that this was an isolated incident.

I hope that our values of civility, respect, honesty, and integrity will guide us in the days ahead.

Sincerely,
Laurie A. Carter
President

 

October 8, 2019 - 7:06 p.m.

A message from Chief Michael Lee, Shippensburg University Police Department

Dear Campus Community,

The Pennsylvania State Police held a press conference in Carlisle to update the community regarding progress with the October 6, 2019 homicide investigation that occurred in Shippensburg.

Lieutenant Mark Magyar, Troop H Crime Section Commander, expressed hope that the update will calm many of the fears expressed by the community, schools, and Shippensburg University staff and students, noting that many Troopers and their families also reside in and attend school throughout the Cumberland Valley.

Arrest warrants are being obtained for Samir Stevenson and Clayton Wilson. Samir Stevenson is charged with felony drug possession with intent to deliver and receiving stolen property for a stolen firearm. Clayton Wilson is charged with felony drug possession with intent to deliver. The PSP expressed confidence that the murder of Shakur Myers appears to be isolated and directly related to drug activity. 

The PSP is working closely with Shippensburg University administration, SUPD, and Shippensburg Borough Police to ensure our communities are safe. The investigation results indicate that this is an isolated, drug-related occurrence.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the shooting should contact the Pennsylvania State Police Carlisle station at (717) 249-2121.

SUPD continues to support the PSP. Additional updates will be provided as the investigation continues, with the primary focus of bringing the person or persons responsible to justice.

Michael Lee
Chief of Police
Shippensburg University

 

October 8, 2019 - 1:24 p.m.

A message from Chief Michael Lee, Shippensburg University Police Department

Dear Campus Community,

The Shippensburg University Police Department works collaboratively with Pennsylvania State Police and Shippensburg Borough Police to enforce Pennsylvania’s Vehicle and Crimes Codes. We also enforce University policies and regulations.

Our purpose and responsibility is to provide the safest possible living and learning environment by working diligently both with our community and behind-the-scenes with our partners in law enforcement to maintain the integrity of investigative protocols while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of residents, students, and our community.

I want to reinforce the message that the University shared last night from my colleague Lieutenant John G. Yunk III, Station Commander of PSP Carlisle. Lt. Yunk’s team is the lead investigative unit handling the homicide that occurred off campus Sunday, October 6, 2019.

I call your attention to Lt. Yunk’s assessment that “current information has led investigators to believe that the persons of interest are likely not in the Shippensburg area at this time.  While we cannot disclose areas of interest, we do not feel that residents and visitors in Shippensburg are faced with an ongoing immediate threat.  Several factors have played into this decision being made, most notably the belief that this was not a random act of violence, whereas countless people were out and about during the incident, along with witnesses, and no other people were threatened or attacked by these individuals.”

SUPD and PSP continue their increased presence on campus and in the community.

Michael Lee
Chief of Police
Shippensburg University

 

October 7, 2019 - 10:58 p.m.

A Message from President Carter

Dear Campus Community,

After the tragic shooting off campus on Sunday, I shared the sense of loss of security felt by many in our community.  Although the swift actions of the SU Police Department and PSP have helped us reclaim a level of comfort, we will continue to work hard to restore the sense of security at Shippensburg University.

While I spent the day working with university and community leadership to ensure the safety of our community, I never lost sight of the fact that anxiety was high and that our values were challenged by the senseless loss of life within our community. We grieve that loss and on behalf of all in our community, I express our deepest condolences to those who have been impacted by the tragic events. 

But while our values were challenged, they must not change.  We must remain committed to civility, respect, honesty and integrity. These are the values that make us Shippensburg University. We cannot allow the actions of a few individuals to compromise who we are as a community. The last few weeks have not been easy. But they compel us to stand up for who we want to be as a university, a community committed to its values.

We have experienced loss, but we are resilient and determined. Together, we can work through our grief, fear and outrage. Let us move forward in the coming days with the purpose of supporting all members of our great community.

Sincerely,
Laurie A. Carter
President

 

October 7, 2019 - 7:52 p.m.

Shippensburg University and the Shippensburg University Police Department have received official communication from the Pennsylvania State Police. Based upon the new information provided, all classes and scheduled activities will resume October 8, 2019.

For additional information, email SUNews@ship.edu.

 

October 7, 2019 - 5:00 p.m.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continues the investigation regarding the shooting homicide that occurred on High Street in Shippensburg on the evening of Sunday October 6, 2019.

PSP has increased their patrols of the township, and the Shippensburg University Police Department (SUPD) has increased physical patrols and is actively monitoring the recently enhanced and expanded security camera network.

The university, working in close collaboration with SUPD and PSP, remains dedicated to ensuring safety to all in our community. Students are encouraged to take advantage of available resources.

We will provide an update later this evening.

 

October 7, 2019 – 1:50 p.m.

Based on recent information in the ongoing homicide investigation, in an abundance of caution, the university is cancelling classes for the remainder of the day. Although we have not received information that they are close to 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. Classes are cancelled beginning at 2 p.m. All university activities are cancelled. The university is taking this action in the best interest of students, faculty and staff.

Commuters who live close to campus are welcome to stay on campus. They can report to the Ceddia Union Building. Students living on campus are encouraged to return to their residence halls where staff will provide programming and food.  

Non-essential personnel are dismissed. Essential personnel will report as usual.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

 

October 7, 2019 – 12:47 p.m.

A message from Chief Michael Lee, Shippensburg University Police Department

The Pennsylvania State Police has issued a Public Information Release Report that identifies Quentin Eric Furlow Jr and Clayton Steve Wilson as persons of interest in the homicide investigation from an incident Sunday October 6, 2019 on High Street in Shippensburg Township.

The persons of interest are registered students at Shippensburg University and the university can confirm they are not in class and there is no evidence they are currently on campus. SU has not been advised of a real or perceived threat on or towards the campus. Classes and on campus activities are proceeding as planned during PSP’s ongoing investigation. SUPD cannot comment further while assisting in this active investigation.

"We are deeply saddened by the events that took place in our community last night. Our thoughts are with those impacted by this tragedy. The Pennsylvania State Police and Shippensburg Township have the full support of Shippensburg University as the investigation continues,” said President Laurie Carter.

Members of the campus community are asked to provide any information regarding the incident to Carlisle Barracks at 717-249-2121. Police are looking for a gray 2011 Infiniti G37 with PA registration 'KZJ4211', and a gray 2009 Nissan Maxima with PA registration 'KYE0169.'

Persons are urged to be aware of suspicious persons and report suspicious activity by immediately dialing 9-1-1 or calling campus police at 717-477-1444.

 

October 7, 2019 – 11:31 a.m.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continues its homicide investigation which occurred in the residential community of Shippensburg Pennsylvania, near Shippensburg University (SU).

At this time, PSP continues its active investigation and has identified persons of interest in the shooting. SU has not been advised of a real or perceived threat on or towards the campus.

Classes and on campus activities are proceeding as planned during PSP’s ongoing investigation.

The Shippensburg University Police Department (SUPD) is actively supporting the PSP investigation by increasing patrols on campus and activating their emergency management protocols to ensure the safety of everyone on campus.

The SUPD will continue to actively support the PSP in their investigation. The University will continue to update the campus community with the best information available via email and the homepage of  ship.edu.

What can we do?

  • Members of the University and local community are urged to be aware of suspicious persons and report suspicious activity by immediately dialing 9-1-1 or calling campus police at 717-477-1444.
  • People with knowledge of the incident should call the Carlisle Barracks of the PSP at 717-249-2121.
  • University students and members of the community impacted by the incident may call 866-435-7268 to learn about support services available. 
  • University employees impacted by the incident may contact the State Employment Assistant Program by calling 800-692-7459.
  • Sign up for SUAlerts at ship.edu/emergency

 

October 7, 2019 – 9:40 a.m.

On Sunday October 6, 2019, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) reported a homicide in the residential community of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, near Shippensburg University (SU).  The University regrets the loss of life, denounces gun violence and is fully supporting the Pennsylvania State Police during its ongoing and active homicide investigation.

The safety and the wellbeing of the students, faculty and staff who live and learn on our campus is of paramount concern. The university urges members of the University and local community to be aware of suspicious persons and activity immediately by dialing 9-1-1 or calling campus police at 717-477-1444.

The University has created a toll-free hotline 866-435-7268 operational during business hours, for members of the community to reach the Dean of Students and learn about the support services available. On campus resources for students include the Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, housing and residence life staff, the Women’s Center, the Students First program and the multicultural student association. Employees may contact the State Employment Assistant Program by calling 800-692-7459.

The SUPD will continue to actively support the PSP in their investigation until the suspects are identified and apprehended. The University will continue to update the campus community with the best information available via email and will activate the SU Alert system with urgent updates as warranted. Shippensburg University members are urged to register for the alert system if they have not done so already.