Police identify man who fired shots near OU frat house before killing himself
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
Norman police say a student shot and killed himself after driving through the fence of an OU fraternity and firing shots into the building.
The Norman Police Department believes the incident began at 11 p.m. March 22 at Walmart, 3651 Classen Blvd. An employee called police to report that an individual with a hatchet was destroying shrubbery. When confronted by a store employee, the suspect pulled a gun.
Shortly after the incident, police were called to the Phi Gamma Delta house in the 1200 block of College Avenue after an individual drove through the back fence of the fraternity and fired two shots into the house and one shot into his vehicle.
Police say the man was then confronted by members of the fraternity. The man allegedly pointed his weapon at the fraternity members and attempted to fire the weapon but it did not discharge. He then allegedly threw the hatchet at the men before fleeing the area on foot.
The man, later identified as 21-year-old Vincent Valentin, was found by authorities dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a residence a short distance away.
Police say Valentin was enrolled as a student at OU. A preliminary investigation shows that Valentin had previous issues with the fraternity.
Rowdy Gilbert, Senior Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at OU, says that the issue was resolved before an OU alert or lockdown could be issued. Counseling services will be made available to members of Phi Gamma Delta and other students.