Ypsilanti police said the three victims were shot with a handgun about 7:15 p.m. Friday during a drug transaction across the street from the campus.
All three victims were taken to a hospital in stable condition. A 20-year-old man was shot once in the stomach, an 18-year-old man was shot once in the hip and another 18-year-old man was shot once in the chest, police said.
Police don't believe any of those involved in the incident are EMU students, Detective Joe Yuhas said.
Investigators in Ypsilanti, 6 miles east of Ann Arbor, identified the suspect as Quenton Martez Dodson. He is described as a 5-foot-8 black man weighing 160 pounds who has a scraggly beard and pierced ears. He was wearing a baggy white shirt, blue jeans and a red baseball cap.
Dodson was sentenced to three years in prison for breaking and entering a building and was released in May 2009, Michigan Department of Corrections records show.
An 8 p.m. campus-wide e-mail security alert went to students and staff urging them to avoid the area, EMU said. The alert was lifted by 10 p.m., the Detroit Free Press reported.
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