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Recent Shootings, Terrorist Threat Trouble Students


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A shooting Friday night sent a Middle Tennessee State University student to the hospital.

It's the second shooting on or near the Murfreesboro campus within a week.

Shootings, robberies and terrorist threats have shut down the campus this semester.  All of it has some students seriously concerned about their safety.

At College Point Apartments, a 23-year-old MTSU student was shot outside his door Friday night.

"I was the first guy who actually asked him what exactly happened.  He said that those were just, they were following me and they hit me," said the student's roommate.

Shashank Pulluru thinks a group of men spotted him at a nearby gas station and followed him home and then took aim on him.

"He didn't know who it was, he didn't know why somebody would do something like that, so we don't have a motive yet," said Hadi Saywad.

Pulluru's roommate said his friend fell on top of him inside their apartment.

"He was crying in pain.  How is he now?  He is doing good.  He's recovered," Saywad said.

MTSU has seen its share of violence this semester. On Aug. 27, police said, a student slashed another student's face after a squabble over a parking space.

On Sept. 27, someone robbed two students as they walked near the university's library. On Oct. 9, terroristic threats made against the campus canceled classes at MTSU. 

Then on Nov. 11, a student's purse shielded a gunshot. The shooting happened on campus.

On Friday, Pulluru was shot in the back.

"Something different happens every week.  Like you never know what's going to happen, you never know if you're safe on campus or not," said Parish Hodges.

But some MTSU students still have their sense of security.

"Well, I think they're doing a pretty good job protecting us.  It's not getting too bad. I think students here are safe for the most part," said another MTSU student Wes Summers.

Still, at College Point, one student is done taking chances.

"We want to go into some other gated community so we can be more protected there," Saywad said.

In a story in the Times of India newspaper, Pulluru's parents said the bullets pierced his liver.  It also indicated that Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors operated twice on him.
Investigators have very little information to go on in this case.  If anyone saw something Friday around 11 p.m. at the College Point Apartments, call Murfreesboro Police.

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