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16 Arrested as Gunfire Erupts on Florida Campus

April 10, 1989|from United Press International

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gunfire erupted on the campus of Florida A&M University early Sunday as police tried to subdue an unruly crowd of several thousand people, some of whom were angry because a dance was oversold.

At least 16 people were arrested and several firearms were seized during the riot, which lasted several hours. One campus police officer was injured when he was hit in the head with a bottle and at least 10 patrol cars were damaged, police said.

Several officers were pinned down by gunfire at one point. About 60 officers from the Tallahassee Police Department and at least 130 sheriff's officers were called in to assist the campus police.

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