EMU student recovering after being injured by stray bullet

YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) - Ypsilanti Police are investigating a shooting that injured an EMU student while she was sleeping in her apartment.

Students near the apartment complex say the proximity of the stray bullet from the apartment draws cause for concern.

"I heard like five or six gun shots," said Bobby Curry, an EMU senior who lives at the Peninsular Place Apartments where the shooting occurred, "And I immediately dropped to the floor."

Curry says he called 9-1-1 around 1:30 this morning.  

"When I talked to the 911 operator, I told her I didn't think it was directly in our parking lot." said Curry, "In fact, I said it was probably across the river, which police later confirmed. But I heard shell casings hit the aluminum siding by my room. So it very well could have been me."

One of those bullets pierced through the apartment wall of Destinee Leapheart. The 20-year-old EMU student was shot in the shoulder while sleeping. Ypsilanti Police say Leapheart is in the hospital tonight in stable to good condition.

An EMU crime alert told students the bullet appears to be a random shot. Police have no suspects, but investigators are looking for a blue Ford Mustang that may have been speeding away from the scene.

"I guess I would really want the student to know our prayers are with her and we feel her pain." said Curry, "I hate that it happened. But I don't think she'll be the last person."

The shooting is the most recent out of a handful of violent incidents near the EMU campus. Students are now calling for major changes to security.

"Eastern should boost up the security in the area and be vigilant." said EMU student Hasan Issa.

"I'm ready to leave." said Curry, "I came here to get an education. This isn't going to work out for me man. I'm ready to get up out of here."

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