A female Miami University student sustained minor injuries after a firearm was discharged at 15 W High St., outside of Cellar Bar, around 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The injured student — whose name has not been released by the Oxford Police Department — suffered a minor shrapnel wound on her finger, though it’s unclear if the perpetrator injured her intentionally. She was treated and released quickly.
After a dispute in a bar was brought outside, several rounds were fired. Bystanders speculated that the gun was fired from a moving car. The vehicle in question was stopped and searched, but no weapon was found, OPD Sgt. Jon Varley said.
The left-front window of Wild Berry incense store, which neighbors Cellar Bar, was cracked sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, said Wild Berry employees. It is currently unclear if the damage to the window was related to the incident involving the shots fired.
A “Crime Alert” — an SMS or email designed to alert students, faculty and staff of present dangers — was not sent out following the incident. An update was posted on the myMiami homepage by the Institutional Response Team, though these announcements do not automatically notify recipients.
“We only issue a crime alert when there is an ongoing, continuous threat to the community,” MUPD Capt. Ben Spilman said. “The Oxford Police Department’s response was immediate, so no crime alert was needed.”
Varley confirmed: No suspect was apprehended, but OPD and MUPD believed that there was not a continuing threat.
The investigation is ongoing.
MyMiami announcement: Oxford Police are investigating a shooting outside of a bar in the 0 block of W. High St at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Police believe a gun may have been fired by someone in a vehicle.
A Miami student received a minor shrapnel wound on her finger and was treated and released from the hospital. No other injuries were reported.
If you have any information on the shooting, please contact Oxford police at 513-524-5240.