GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Dozens of students at North Carolina A & T mourned the death of a student athlete with a vigil Wednesday evening.
Police say an unidentified suspect shot and killed Jermane Clark, a 22 year old sophomore football player around 11 P.M. Tuesday and he later died at Moses Cone Hospital.
The shooting happened on Stedman Street, right off campus, where Clark lived.
"I hear 'pow, pow' thinking it was fireworks," said Russell Whitehurst, a neighbor.
"We literally threw on clothes, ran out here," another neighbor, Sasha Alexandre, added.
Clark's neighbors found him bleeding on the cold pavement of Stedman Street moments after the shooting. One neighbor tells WFMY News 2, a vehicle sped off before they could get a glance at who it might be.
Neighbors rushed to help the 22-year-old as he laid on the ground dying.
"First instinct was to try to help him. So, I ran out there and tried to level his head so if he could breathe, he would," Whitehurst said.
Sharodlee Kinchen was also at the scene. "We were just waiting for the cops and ambulance to come and we all just felt kind of helpless because we didn't know what to do."
What happened before the shooting is anyone's guess and it's exactly what investigators are trying to figure out.
"We were just with you laughing, playing, acting crazy all weekend. So it's just like…I haven't even slept. It's just…I don't even know," Alenxandre said, still in shock.
Clark was a sophomore football player who majored in psychology at NC A&T
He transferred from University of Colorado last year after attending RJ Reynolds High and Oak Ridge Military academy.
"For that to happen to such a young guy is horrible. It's horrible," Whitehurst said.
Police say they are following some leads but still no arrests in this case.
Shortly after the shooting, campus police sent out an alert to the university community telling them to exercise caution off campus and to be conscious of their surroundings.
The university emailed the following alert after police identified Clark as the shooting victim:
North Carolina A&T State University regrets to announce the loss of one of its students, Jermane Darnell Clark, 22, who died Wednesday, April 30. Clark, a Winston-Salem native, was a sophomore majoring in psychology and a member of the A&T football team.
The Office of Counseling Services will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for students impacted by the loss. No appointment is necessary. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
The university emailed the following alert to students at 1:57 a.m. Wednesday:
The University Police Department (UPD) received a report from the Greensboro Police Department of a shooting off campus earlier this morning. There was one victim who was shot and died at the scene. The victim has been identified as a North Carolina A&T State University student. The identity is being witheld at this time until the family has been notified.
UPD urges the campus community to exercise caution when engaged in activities off campus and to be conscious of your surroundings at all times.
If anyone has any information related to this incident, please call the Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.
Stay with wfmynews2.com for any developments.
Greensboro City Council member Jamal Fox released a statement on behalf of the City Council:
"On behalf of Greensboro City Council, I would like to offer our deepest thoughts and sympathies to the Clark and the NC A&T families. I believe that after this unfortunate incident it is time we bring our community together to discuss the effects of this kind of violence and create steps to prevent these issues. Greensboro residents have a right to be safe at home, at school, and in their neighborhoods. As a City, we are working hard to create environments that support the development of healthy, thriving, and productive residents and to foster a strong and engaged community.
In the coming weeks, we will invite residents in and around the college communities to become actively involved in helping to create dialogue and action steps designed to address these issues. By working together, we will continue to make Greensboro a safer city."
Greensboro City Council member Sharon Hightower also released a statement Wednesday night:
I want to take this opportunity to join Council member Jamal Fox (District 2 representative) and extend my condolences to the Clark family, North Carolina A&T State University students and staff, and the community at large, following the senseless killing of Jermane Clark Tuesday night.
As a nation, we are struggling with issues of violence and Greensboro is not immune to this. Please know that I will work diligently with City Council, staff, and the community to continue to make Greensboro as safe possible for everyone. Nothing is more important than making Greensboro a safe place to live, work, and play.