Grand Canyon University student hit by stray bullet during shootout; 2 others injured

One bullet hit a student and another hit a campus dorm building.
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 9:02 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A Grand Canyon University student, a man and a teen girl were in the hospital after a shootout near campus on Wednesday. Police were called to 36th and Vermont avenues, which is north of Camelback Road, around 6 p.m. for reports of gunshots. Officers arrived at the scene but didn’t find any victims. However, police say officers later learned a man and teen girl were at a nearby hospital and had been shot. They both had non-life-threatening injuries, investigators say.

According to the university and police, two bullets from the shootout traveled to the area of 29th and Georgia avenues, also north of Camelback. One hit Jay Morales near The Rivers residence hall, and the other hit a dorm building. Morales was driven to the hospital with injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening, investigators said. No other students were hurt. The university said on Thursday he had successful surgery and shouldn’t have any long-term issues from being shot. “His family reports that the support he has received from friends on campus has been ‘overwhelming’ and they ‘are thankful that we have been able to send him to school at GCU,’” said Bob Romantic with GCU.

GCU said Morales’ parents were quickly told about the incident and said that a lockdown of the campus wasn’t necessary. Officials added the neighborhood was not in danger. It’s unclear what led up to the gunshots or if anyone will be arrested.