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    Police look into frat members’ role in shooting

    It is still unclear whether charges will be brought against the members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity involved in an altercation the morning of Sept. 9 that ultimately led to the shooting of a UA freshman, police said.

    Unidentified members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity got into an altercation with two males in the drive-thru of Taco Bell, 1818 E. Speedway Blvd., shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 9.

    Following the incident, the two males drove westbound on East First Street toward the fraternity house and fired several gunshots,

    We have to find out what was said. We need to know if (the fraternity members) were defending themselves or if they were the aggressors.

    – Sgt. Eugene Mejia,
    UAPD spokesman

    hitting one UA female freshman, who was part of a group of people gathered in front of the house, in the torso.

    Police arrested Robert Ramos, 18, and Edward Morgan, 16, in connection with the shooting and transported them to Pima County Jail, where they are currently being held on $100,000 and $50,000 bonds, respectively.

    The student who was shot is listed as being in fair condition.

    Police are still attempting to learn what caused the altercation in the drive-thru before they can say whether or not they will proceed with criminal charges against the unidentified fraternity members.

    “”We have to find out what was said,”” said University of Arizona Police Department spokesman Sgt. Eugene Mejia. “”We need to know if (the fraternity members) were defending themselves or if they were the aggressors.””

    Police will be locating all the individuals involved and taking statements before they make a decision on whether to pursue charges against any of the fraternity members, Mejia said.

    The fraternity members involved in the altercation could also possibly face charges through the Dean of Students Office.

    Even though the incident occurred off campus, if police find there is a relation between the altercation and the university, the Dean of Students Office could look into possible charges, said Veda Kowalski, associate dean of students.

    “”(The dean of students) makes decisions on a case-by-case basis,”” Kowalski said. “”It depends on the nature of the incident. There are a lot of things you have to consider when looking at a case.””

    Some of the contributing factors taken into consideration are the seriousness of the crime, the level of victimization, the danger level, whether or not a weapon was used and the injuries sustained by the victim, Kowalski said.

    Kowalski could not confirm if the incident is being investigated by the Dean of Students Office.

    “”We don’t even know if any violation has occurred,”” Kowalski said.

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