Rutgers Student Injured in Drive-by Pellet Gun Shooting on Nichol Ave.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A Rutgers student reported being struck in the leg with a plastic pellet shot from "an airsoft gun" believed to have been fired from a moving vehicle, according to a university crime alert.

"It is believed that the pellet was discharged from a passing vehicle traveling on Nichol Avenue towards Suydam Street," reads the crime alert on the bizarre incident, which took place Monday, February 9, at approximately 10:40 PM.

The incident, which the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) is investigating as an "aggravated assault" case, occurred on Nichol Avenue between George Street and Suydam Street near the Douglass Campus Center and the Jameson dorms.

"In this incident the victim, who is affiliated with Rutgers University, was struck in the leg by a plastic pellet from an airsoft gun," reads the alert. "The victim sustained a minor injury and refused medical attention."

The vehicle was described as "a black four door sedan occupied by two males."

The RUPD asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact the Rutgers Police Department Detective Bureau at (848)932-8025.  


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