Marshall Student Shot with Pellet Gun Near Campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Marshall University student's first day back on campus Monday ended with a trip the hospital.

She was walking on 7th Avenue near John Marshall Drive when she was shot in the back with a pellet gun, Huntington Police say.

The victim, a 19-year-old sophomore from Ritchie County, W.Va., didn’t want to talk on camera, but she told she was walking with a group of friends toward 20th Street to a friend's apartment when they heard a loud noise.

She says she felt a sudden rush of pain and realized she'd been shot in the back.

The student had to go to the hospital and have the pellet removed.

Huntington Police responded to the scene. The victim says she doesn’t know who pulled the trigger.

No arrests have been made.

Jordan Marx lives close to where the shooting happened.

"It's definitely frightening and shocking, especially on the first day," Marx said. “It could have been me or it could have been one of my roommates."

Students who live in the area are wondering if this was a prank that crossed the line. Regardless, they'll be watching their backs, senior Anthony Garifo said.

"It makes you look over your shoulder, make sure no one is pointing anything at you," Garifo said.

The student who was shot was able to attend her classes Tuesday.

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