Struthers student was on campus when shot was fired

KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – A Struthers native was within earshot of the gunfire at Kent State University Wednesday night.

Freshman Tara Sirakis, 19, was walking back to her dorm after ordering food when she heard the single shot.

Police said a gunman fired one round into the ground outside Bowman Hall around 8 p.m. No injuries were initially reported, but police found blood at the scene. The suspect was arrested about 11 p.m. and is currently at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

Sirakis said she didn’t know right away that it was a gunshot until reading the campus-wide text message.

“I got off the elevator and my friend was waiting in the hallway so he could get into my room and I heard the boom,” said Sirakis. “I thought it was a firework, but we are not allowed to have fireworks on campus and then I got the alerts saying it was a shot and that was kind of scary.”

Sirakis said she felt safe inside the dorm because she had someone with her at the time, but she did make sure to lock the door and stay away from the window. She said she thinks the university did a good job notifying students about the incident, but she also expected further in-depth updates.

A suspect is in custody. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday morning in Kent.

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