Student shot in reported burglary

Trey Crumbie

In the early hours of Monday morning, students were alerted of a burglary that occurred on the 1300 block of High Street near campus.

Ronnie Ward, public information officer for the Bowling Green Police Department, said officers were alerted of the burglary at 1:38 a.m. 

The WKU alerts were sent around 2 a.m. Although the two text alerts mentioned a burglary where the suspects were armed with handguns, the more explicit information of what had happened wouldn’t be revealed until later.

Ward said six men were living in the house, where the suspects demanded money from them. When police arrived, the suspects were gone.

Bob Skipper, director of Media Relations, confirmed that the men were students.

One of the students, Bowling Green junior Spencer Renfro, was shot and air lifted to Vanderbilt University for medical care. At least two other students suffered minor injuries. 

Ward did not know the exact condition of the victim, but said he was alive as of Aug. 27.

Ward said the suspects were described as four males with masks or bandanas over their faces. They fled the home in a dark colored sedan.

Ward said it was unknown if the suspects took anything in the burglary as of Aug. 26.

Capt. Dominic Ossello of the WKU Police Department, said WKUPD was not involved in the investigation because their main area of concern is WKU’s campus.

Despite this, WKUPD has jurisdiction throughout Warren County, and is still aware of a crime that occurs off campus, Ossello said.

“We’re all interconnected through communications,” he said.