EKU issues campus alert after shots fired in early-morning fight

Dantae Hill
Dantae Hill

A fight resulting in shots fired early Thursday forced Eastern Kentucky University to issue an alert to students and the public to seek shelter.

Several people were detained and later arrested.

Officers were called to The Copper Still on Water Street at 1:09 a.m. because of a large crowd, the Richmond Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Police said a fight broke out and they dispersed the crowd.

Police said three people they detained “had been in a confrontation with a group of Saudi students at the Copper Still before it closed.”

But police said in the post that “this is not a profiling case or suspected hate crime against any group.”

Soon after the crowd dispersed, police received several calls about multiple gunshots in the area, and the investigation moved to the area of South Madison Avenue, where police found 9 mm shell casings on top of a vehicle and more rounds that had not been fired inside the same vehicle.

Police detained Dantae Hill, 23, and Tyler M. Brann, 21, both of Richmond, as well as two other unnamed people, at the scene.

Hill was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear. Brann was wanted for fourth-degree assault.

Another man, Anthony K. Gerald, 21, of Richmond, ran from the scene but was found in a wooded area behind a residence, police said. He was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication and fleeing and evading police.

Richmond police said the case is still under investigation and more charges could be filed.

EKU spokeswoman Kristi Middleton said the men who were arrested are not current EKU students, and the university has not received any information about the “Saudi students” referenced in the police department’s Facebook post.

Middleton said that because of the campus’ proximity to downtown Richmond, it is the school’s practice to alert students and faculty any time officials get word of a situation that could pose a threat.

At 1:41 a.m., EKU police posted on Twitter,, “Gunfire reported on or near Richmond campus. Take shelter. Secure doors. Take cover. Emergency personnel responding.”

At 2:04 a.m., EKU police tweeted that a “fight reported on 2nd St resulted in shots fired involving four black males in dark Altima sedan.” Richmond and EKU police were investigating.

At 2:41 a.m., campus police tweeted, “There is no active threat against the campus community at this time. Resume normal activities.”