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Police: Man dead after shooting at Ga. university

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Police at Georgia's Columbus State University fatally shot a man over the weekend after officers responded to a report of someone with a gun, authorities said. A lawyer for the man's family said Monday that the man was unarmed and a visitor on campus.

Zikarious Jaquan Flint, 20, died Sunday after suffering two gunshot wounds in the shooting, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said Monday.

Flint wasn't a student at the university and no one else was hurt in the shooting Sunday afternoon. University police reported that officers chased the man on foot near apartments on the campus, about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta near the Alabama state line before the shooting, authorities said.

University Police Chief Rus Drew said officers were called at 2:35 p.m. Sunday and arrived three minutes later to an area near some campus apartments and began pursuing a man on foot.

"There was a short foot chase and at some point the suspect turned and faced the officers and shots were fired," Drew said.

Stacey Jackson said he's been hired by Flint's family as a lawyer and spokesman. He told The Associated Press he went to the campus afterward Sunday after he was contacted by the family and spoke to three people who said they witnessed the shooting.

"All three witnesses were consistent in the fact that when Mr. Flint was shot, he did not have a weapon in his hand and, from what they witnessed, he was shot from behind," Jackson said by phone Monday.

He said Flint had gone with three friends to visit two other friends on campus who are students at Columbus State.

He added that the grieving family is making funeral arrangements.

"Obviously, they're very upset, very distraught," he said.

The family is hoping that an autopsy scheduled for Monday afternoon would give some insight into where the two bullets entered and exited Flint's body, Jackson said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating, which is common for police-involved shootings. University officials said they would have no further details immediately and were assisting the investigation.

"This is a terrible tragedy," CSU President Tim Mescon said. "We'll cooperate fully with the investigation. ... Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this as well as their families."

The university said counselors would be made available to students if needed. The university in downtown Columbus has more than 8,200 students, according to its website.

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