Ball State shooting spree kills one, injures four
By PAUL ALLOR
Ball State Daily News
A former Ball State student was killed Sunday morning and four others were injured at a house party at 1017 West Bethel Ave. Shots were fired into the house, killing Julian Brown, 28, of Gary, who was in the kitchen.
Four other guests were injured and admitted to Ball Memorial Hospital. Two have been treated and released, and two are listed in fair condition, said a hospital spokesman. A fifth person was injured but not admitted to the hospital.
The Muncie Police Department arrived at the crime scene around 4 a.m. Sunday, and said as many as 40 rounds were fired by at least two people. The residence is occupied by a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, a social fraternity, which is a affiliated with the National Panhellenic Council.
According to the Associated Press, the shooters may have been "a group of men who were turned away from the party."
Kappa Alpha Psi's adviser, David Keels, told the AP that the party was a private gathering, not a sponsored event. The fraternity hosted a party earlier that evening at the YMCA, 310 E. Charles St., and some partygoers went from that party to the Bethel Avenue party. Keels could not be reached by the Daily News for further comment.
Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle added that authorities have no reason to suspect the party was sponsored by the fraternity.
A man who attended the event said a car pulled into an alley behind the house and began firing into the home, the AP reported.
"I heard gunshots, but I thought it was firecrackers," said Ball State junior Natalie Westerfeld, who lives next to the house.
The bullets sounded out in rapid fire, with no space in between, said junior Kristi White, Westerfeld's roommate.
Winkle said the number of shots fired indicated that more than one weapon was used. Shell casings trailed out from the house into the alley. Muncie police have not released any suspects' names but said they have interviewed 60 to 80 people.
"We have no idea how many people were at the party, but that's how many were there when we set up the scene," Winkle said. "If someone was standing there watching, they probably were brought in."
Dean of Students Don Mikesell was at the house after the incident occurred Sunday morning and described the gathering as "a somber group of kids."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured," Mikesell said.
Douglas McConkey, vice president for student affairs, said Ball State will offer any support it can to the partygoers and their families.
Winkle said officers will continue questioning guests.
"There were some statements we weren't really happy with," he said. "They didn't quite add up."
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report, which is printed courtesy of the Ball State Daily News.
All News Stories for Monday, November 1, 1999