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Police: 3 Lander students sexually assaulted

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Laura Lander Hall on the campus of Lander University in Greenwood, SC. (File/FOX Carolina) Laura Lander Hall on the campus of Lander University in Greenwood, SC. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Three students at Lander University in Greenwood told police they were sexually assaulted by two men on Wednesday night.

The attack happened about 10:15 p.m. at the women's apartment at Bearcat Village.

According to an incident report, two men stormed into their apartment after one of the women opened the door to see who was knocking. It said the men pointed guns at the women, and made them perform sexual acts.

One suspect was described as 6' tall and 200 pounds. The other was described as 5'10" tall and 180 pounds. Both were said to be wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts and jeans and carrying black handguns.

Lander University President Daniel Ball said Thursday afternoon that police have two persons of interest in custody in connection with the attacks, but no arrests have been made.

Ball said one of the victims may have had a prior relationship with one of the men.

All three women were treated and released from a local hospital by Thursday afternoon, Ball said.

Ball said that despite Wednesday's attacks, the campus is still safe.

"This is a safe campus," Ball said. "It always has been, and continues to be. We will, on occasion, like every other community in this country, have incidents. Fortunately, we don't have very many here at Lander."

Anyone with information about the attacks was asked to contact the Lander University Police Department at 864-388-8222.

Text message notifies students of attacks

One student said they were notified about 12:30 a.m. by text message from Lander University police that there were two armed and dangerous men wearing hoodies on campus.

The text message read: "Attention! Armed and dangerous 2 whi/male in the area wearing blk hoodies. Assaulted 3 student. Take safety precautions/lock doors&windows."

Ball said in addition to the text messages, the university sent out emails to students Thursday morning.

One student said they wondered why it took officials so long to alert the rest of the campus. Police said their first priority was assisting the victims and figuring out exactly what was going on, before sending the alert.

Lander University is a small, public university with a student body of about 3,000 students, of which 1,100 live on campus.

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