Shots Fired Near U of I Campus

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Moscow police are investigating a shooting near the campus of the University of Idaho. According to the U of I, no one was injured when the shot was fired at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 into the Targee Fine Arts residence hall that sits on the edge of the campus.

According to a statement from the university, law enforcement "found no evidence of a continuing threat." An initial investigation by the Moscow Police Department suggests that the shot may have been fired from Blake Avenue. Residents told law enforcement that a white SUV was spotted near the scene of the shooting.

The U of I campus was rocked in August 2011 when 22-year-old grad student Kathryn Benoit was shot and killed at her off-campus residence by former U of I professor Ernesto Bustamante, who was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

In a Jan. 25 interview Joe Stegner, the university's new Boise-based lobbyist, told Boise Weekly that the U of I "has made safety the highest priority possible."

"There's a heightened awareness that campuses play on safety," said Stegner. "We have efforts that go above and beyond the safety that you would normally see in the general population."

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