TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WISH) – Police have made an arrest in connection to Saturday’s shooting at Indiana State University.
According to ISU police, Calvin McCauley, 21, of Indianapolis, was arrested Sunday on a preliminary charge of attempted murder.
Investigators said McCauley and the 20-year-old victim knew each other and had spent time together Saturday before the shooting. The shooting happened in a stairwell at Lincoln Quad around 6:30 p.m.
Freshman Abigail Yeargin was glued to her phone as several text and email alerts were sent throughout the evening and night.
“You hear about stuff happening at other schools but you never really think it’s going to happen at your school so that was a little scary,” she said.
Police Chief Joseph Newport said his officers secured the area around the Lincoln Quad dorms, putting up caution tape and barriers near the scene. A perimeter was set up in the area to search for the shooter while officers with Terre Haute Police, Indiana State Police, Vigo County Sheriff’s Deptartment, and Excise police canvassed the campus to warn people of the situation.
“Our concern was the entire campus but I think we had to concentrate on (the Lincoln Quad) to make sure these people felt as safe as they could,” Chief Newport said. “And then during the course of the night we made sure that there were a couple of updates as we developed information.”
Yeargin added, “I was glad I was getting text and email updates with every new piece of information that they got.”
Chief Newport said the victim and his family helped detectives with the investigation. Officers ran surveillance on the near south side of town hoping to catch McCauley. After a few hours, he showed up and was arrested.
ISU police said the victim had surgery on Sunday to remove the bullet from his buttocks. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to police.
McCauley will be in court in Vigo County on Monday afternoon.
Less than two weeks ago, a threat over social media happened at ISU. A student was arrested and it turned out to be just a hoax.
But Chief Newton said that incident prepared his staff, the students, and campus employees on how handle themselves when a real threat happens.