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3/27/08- Tyler

Learning More About Two Texas College Students Involved In Shooting

A Texas College student is in serious condition Thursday night and another one is recovering, after an early morning shooting. It happened at 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of their off-campus dorm. That's located in the 2900 block of FM 2767. KLTV 7's Courtney Lane spoke with a friend of the victims and learns more about the two freshmen.

It was an eerie scene just after midnight, as detectives combed the outside of the "Rose Dorm" for evidence.

"After we all heard what happened we all sat and prayed," said friend of the victims Ayodele Akinbote.  "We're all like family, you know. This is unfortunate."

"Our hearts go out to the families of the injured students," said Texas College Interim President Dr. William Harris. 

Police said 19-year old "Roy Morgan" was shot once in the stomach. He is listed in serious condition. The other victim, 20-year old "Bobby Hughes" has been treated and released for a gunshot wound to his left hand.

"I was very sad," said Akinbote.  "I knew both of them very well. It's an unfortunate situation. They're both two good kids, they go to class, I see them around campus; always very happy."

Detectives found one shell casing but have not recovered the gun. They said it could have been an accident, but they're also not ruling out foul play.

"We wish to assure other student residents of the facility and those on the campus that we are deeply concerned for their safety and that we will do everything possible to protect them," said Harris.

Friends said the victims had no enemies and are well-liked on campus.

"Roy's always laughing and making jokes," said Akinbote.  "He's very cool, outgoing. Bobby, he's nice, very intelligent. They're both very intelligent and have big plans for the future."

And while police continue to investigate, the college community's main focus is that Morgan will recover.

Texas College said they are placing a security guard outside that dorm, immediately.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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