Georgia State student killed near campus in ‘targeted’ gas station shooting

A Georgia State University student was fatally shot at a gas station near campus in downtown Atlanta late Sunday afternoon, officials confirmed.

Atlanta officers got a call that a person had been shot at the RaceTrac at 120 Piedmont Avenue around 4:30 p.m. The victim, who was identified as 24-year-old Joshua Igbinijesu, was in critical condition and died after being rushed to a hospital, police said.

Shortly after the shooting, GSU issued a campus-wide alert warning students to stay clear of the area while police were on the scene.

By Monday morning, university officials broke the news to students and said police determined it was a “targeted incident.”

“It is with regret that I deliver the news that, tragically, a Georgia State student was fatally wounded in the incident,” university President M. Brian Blake wrote in a statement sent to students. “As a leader, I am heartbroken to lose a member of our community and I hope you will keep the surviving family in your thoughts.”

University police assigned extra officers to patrol the area overnight, Blake said, and they are working with Atlanta police to apprehend any suspects.

The circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation, and no information on suspects or motive has been released.

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