GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina university students who were shot and killed at a party were innocent bystanders to a fight that broke out, authorities said Sunday.
Greensboro police Cpl. M.D. Matthews told the News & Record of Greensboro that (http://bit.ly/2dKt62T) there was no evidence the two North Carolina A&T State University students who died were part of fight that broke out Sunday morning.
A Greensboro Police news release named the victims as Alisia Dieudonne, 19, of Homewood, Illinois, and Amhad Campbell, 21, of Kittrell, North Carolina.
Officers responded about 2:10 a.m. Sunday to a reported disturbance at a Greensboro home located off-campus, Matthews said. Police located Dieudonne and Campbell shot inside the residence.
The student who held the party, 20-year-old Nicholas Jeffers, says he told everyone to leave when a fight broke out. Another fight started outside, and he heard three shots fired, he said.
"I'm stunned because it didn't have to go this far," Jeffers said.
Jeffers, who was friends with the two students who died, said neither knew about the first fight until he told them moments before someone fired the shots that killed both of them.
Greensboro police Capt. Nathaniel Davis said witnesses have cooperated with police who have yet to determine a suspect, the weapon used or the number of guests at the party.
"This is a really sad day," Davis said. "We're just hoping people will come forward with information."
Jeffers said he invited a small group of friends over to his apartment after leaving a party across town. As the night went on "hundreds of people" showed up, and he said he later learned someone posted that he was having a party on social media.