OSWEGO – Authorities are searching for four suspects in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old freshman earlier this morning on the SUNY Oswego campus.
According to the college, the teen was assaulted and stabbed four times in the shoulder outside of the Shineman Center.
He was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse where he is expected to recover.
“First and foremost, our student is in stable condition at Upstate University Hospital recovering from his wounds. His injuries are not life threatening,” President Deborah Stanley said in an email regarding the assault.
The attackers were reportedly “four males wearing dark clothing and hoodies pulled over their heads.”
They got out of a dark-colored 4-door Honda, which was driven by a female.
“I commend our University Police for their prompt response to the incident and the work already taking place in the investigation of this assault. University Police Chief John Rossi has shared with me that after assessing the known facts at this time, there is no reason to believe there is any current danger on our campus,” President Stanley said. “Chief Rossi also indicated the suspects are believed to be from outside the Oswego community and have very likely left the area.”
The vehicle was last seen heading east on Washington Boulevard, she added.
University Police is focused on chasing down leads and, as a measure of heightened safety and security, has called in additional officers to patrol the campus and its perimeters today.
“We will continue to communicate with witnesses who were present or connected to the fight/assault this morning, as well as reach out to those who attended last night’s off-campus event at the American Legion, where it is believed the incident initially started,” President Stanley said.
As the investigation continues and we seek answers to this morning’s assault, I urge all members of our campus community to be supportive of one another, she added in her email to the campus community.
State university police are requesting anyone with information contact them at 315-312-5555. Or use the department’s electronic tip line