BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Six people were treated for injuries when a massive fight involving 20 people or more broke out outside a fraternity house Sunday morning near the West Virginia Wesleyan campus in Buckhannon.
Buckhannon Police say the fight outside the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house, which spilled onto the campus, involved students from both West Virginia Wesleyan and Alderson Broaddus University. The incident happened around 1:39 a.m. and as officers arrived on scene the crowd scattered.
“At this point we’re trying to piece together everything that occurred,” said Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory. “We’re still conducting interviews and doing follow-ups.”
West Virginia Wesleyan issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
“We are working closely with local law enforcement officials regarding the investigation of the assault of Wesleyan students by a large group of students from another campus. We are asking our students for their assistance in providing any additional information and reminding them to be vigilant when it comes to their own personal safety. Wesleyan is in the process of taking all appropriate legal steps to deny access to our campus to those who have been confirmed as a participant in some way in the altercation and our campus security and local law enforcement friends will increase their patrols of the area to ensure no further incidents occur.”
One person suffered a broken jaw and was treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital and another received a knife wound to his arm. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon before later being transferred to Ruby Memorial.
“There were a few other complaints of concussions and other minor injuries as a result of the altercation,” said Gregory.
So far no arrests have been made. The Buckhannon Police Department is leading the investigation. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, State Police and WVWC Security also assisted at the scene.