Student accidentally shot, killed at TSU campus housing by roommate; grand jury to review

A man is dead after being accidentally shot by a friend at a Texas Southern University campus housing apartment.

Houston Police say it happened just after 11 p.m. at the Urban Academic Village apartment complex located in the 3600 block of Rosewood Street.

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HPD officers arrived at the scene to find TSU police officers had stopped a vehicle just outside the gated complex.

The victim, who has only been identified as a student, was inside the vehicle. His friends told police they were trying to take him to the hospital.

Houston Fire Department arrived and transported the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

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Police say that the victim's roommate was handling a gun that he believed was unloaded. The roommate pulled the trigger and the weapon fired, hitting the victim.

The roommate and the victim's friend were not injured in the incident.

The student's identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. 

The incident will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.


In response to the shooting, TSU sent a letter to students and faculty offering them counselors and additional support.

Students may contact the University Counseling Center at (713) 313-7804. Faculty and Staff members can receive support through the university’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by contacting Human Resources at (713) 313-7521.