IUP student ‘stable’ after Maple Street shooting, suspect identified
This article was last updated Friday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m.
Police continue their search with an active arrest warrant for a suspect who allegedly shot an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student early Thursday outside of an apartment complex in White Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Police have charged Eagan B. Minich, 29, of Indiana, with attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and terroristic threats for the shooting, according to the Indiana County court docket.
WPXI reported the name of the victim as Hayden Warmke (junior, criminology) Thursday evening, but state police would not confirm the name.
The victim was in stable condition Thursday morning, according to IUP’s official Twitter account.
Police obtained the suspect’s name from a passenger in Minich’s car who came forward to the police Thursday afternoon.
The incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. after a silver vehicle followed the student’s vehicle to the B&L Properties student housing located at 565 Maple St. in White Township, according to the report.
Upon exiting the vehicles, the suspect hit the student in the head, knocking him to the ground.
The assault continued, ending when the suspect shot the student in the leg with an unknown-type handgun.
The suspect then fled in his vehicle, while an unknown male passenger in the suspect’s vehicle fled the scene on foot, the report said.
The suspect is described as being a white male in his early 20s wearing a blue sweatshirt. The shooter’s vehicle is described as possibly a silver Lincoln MKZ with a sun roof and aluminum wheels.
The 20-year-old student was flown to Conemaugh Medical Center in Johnstown where he is reportedly in stable condition, according to the Indiana Gazette.
State police are still searching for the shooter and are asking for any assistance from the general public who may have been in the area and witnessed the events or vehicles or who may be able to identify the shooter or the passenger.
IUP police issued a Crime Alert on Thursday morning advising students to “travel in groups, remain vigilant while traveling after the hours of darkness, and avoid dark or secluded areas when possible.”
Michelle Fryling, executive director of Communications and Media Relations, said that after the university was notified by state police and confirmed that an IUP student was involved, they made the decision to inform students.
“Generally we don’t necessarily send emails or text messages about [incidents] that have happened off campus, but we felt that since a student was involved and just because we felt like the more information [students] have the better armed they are with information, and it’s gonna cut down on panic or worry,” she said.
“That was one of our intentions to help get students information, and it’s also a really helpful time to remind them of good personal safety habits to call campus police if you are worried and you need an escort. We wanted to take an opportunity to inform them and give them that information.”
Melissa Misleany, property manager of B&L Properties, said she was notified of the incident at around 3-3:30 a.m. Thursday.
She then went down to speak with the approximately six state police officers on the scene.
“The [state police] asked to view the cameras,” Misleany said. “They looked at our security tapes and were able to see exactly what transpired – the shooting, the witness and when the kid took off.”
Misleany said she reviewed the tapes alongside the officers.
“The events shown on the tape were the students driving in being followed by another car, the students getting out, the altercation, and the students that were involved with the shooting leaving the premises,” Misleany said.
Misleany said there were about three students on the scene by the time she made it down.
“Everybody was shook up slightly,” Misleany said. “What we’re doing is making sure that our students feel safe.
“Our security man is now working longer hours.”
A representative from the state police and IUP police could not provide any additional details when contacted.
Abbey Zelko, Meghan McDonald, Dave Gershgorn and Jeremy Hartley contributed to writing this article.