BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University was on high alert while police searched for two armed individuals near campus early Sunday morning. The alert was lifted just before 8 a.m. EST and by 10 a.m., police had arrested two suspects.
The IU police department said between 3:30 and 4 a.m., a 20-year-old IU student was hospitalized after a fight with two other males in the parking lot of Tulip Tree Apartments on 10th Street near campus. Police were searching for two men believed to be involved.
Witnesses told investigators the three men had been standing in the Tulip Tree Apartments parking lot, resolving a dispute, when the two men began to chase the victim, wounding him with a knife.
At 10:20 a.m., IU police said Zesen Shen, 18, was arrested at Tulip Tree Apartments between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Then, shortly after that, IU student Kaiyu Lao, 21, was also arrested in connection with the stabbing.
Police said Shen was charged with intimidation and battery, and Lao was charged with intimidation.
Police said the two men were found with four other students in an apartment. All six were brought in for questioning, with the two suspects kept and arrested afterward.
IU tweeted at 8 a.m. that police had given the all-clear. Police said they determined there was no danger to anyone on campus. Then, at roughly 8:30 a.m., RTV6 cameras captured the scene when officers led two man in handcuffs to their car. It's believed these men were Shen and Lao.
"It is important to note this incident stemmed from the fight," IU spokesman Mark Land said. "It is not a case where we have an armed individual or individuals roaming campus looking for people to hurt."
Land also said police were sure the public was not in danger because the victim knew his attackers.
"Our investigation revealed that all those involved were acquainted with one another," Land said.
According to Indiana University via Twitter, the armed individuals were "at large" with at least one knife. The first alert about the incident was sent at roughly 4 a.m., with more updates filtering throughout the morning.
When the alert was first issued, officials said those on campus should take shelter, lock their doors, avoid all windows and follow instructions from authorities.
Officials will not release the victim's name at this point. They did say his injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
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