ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler confirmed a male Albany State student was found fatally shot behind the east campus late Wednesday night. Thursday morning, he told WALB News that he is ruling the death a suicide. We are not publishing his name at this time.
Fowler said ASU Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations were originally calling this a homicide.
Investigators were on the scene for several hours.
Dispatch told WALB that there were calls about shots fired near the 600 block of Sands Drive around 9:40 Wednesday night.
The victim was found around 10:00 p.m. between South University Drive and Sands Drive behind the campus, in a gazebo area along with what appears to be a wooden boardwalk area.
Albany State released the following statement Thursday morning:
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call placed by an ASU student. Shortly after 10 p.m., officers found the body of a deceased male. The body was found near the ASU Coliseum. The deceased has been confirmed to be an Albany State University student. Counseling services are available for students who may be experiencing stress related to the incident. The incident is under investigation. Details will be released by the appropriate authorities at the appropriate time.