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Man Opens Fire on New Jersey Fraternity Party After Being Asked to Leave

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    A New Jersey college student was shot and wounded when a man who had been thrown out of an off-campus house party returned to the residence and opened fire.
    Hillside police say that the student was shot around 2:15 a.m. Friday in front of the Sigma Theta Chi fraternity house.

    Authorities say a scuffle ensued when the man was asked to leave the party, though it's not clear why the request was made.
    He returned minutes later with a handgun and fired multiple shots at the house while partygoers were standing on the porch and the front lawn.
    The group "began trying to get back into the home, and the victim was struck in the abdomen," said Hillside Police Capt. Nick Lamonte. 
    The wounded man, identified only as a Kean University student, was hospitalized in stable condition. But further details on his injuries were not disclosed. No other injuries were reported. 
    It's not clear if the shooter is a student, and police are trying to identify him. They don't believe the shooter and the victim knew each other.  
    The fraternity house has been declared a crime scene and the students living there have been ordered to leave.
    -- Checkey Beckford contributed to this report.