A 19-year-old man was arrested Saturday after allegedly throwing an explosive device at a group of female students at Murray State University.
Kentucky’s state police said the students were gathering outside a housing complex near the southwest corner of campus when a man approached them just after 9:30 a.m., threw a “‘Molotov cocktail’-like explosive device” at them, then into a vehicle fled.
No students were injured in the incident, but police said the suspect suffered burns to his hands.
State police said “numerous interviews” and physical evidence led them and federal investigators from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to Murray’s Jack T. Epperson.
Epperson was treated at Murray Calloway County Hospital and then taken to the Calloway County Detention Center.
He is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree assault and one count of possession of a destructive device.
State police said ATF is also conducting a separate investigation into the device.
The Murray Ledger & Times reported that the attack occurred “near Sorority Row as sorority members gathered ahead of the Lambda Chi Watermelon Bust event.”
A university spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the incident took place “at a student event”.
“Students may contact University Counseling Services at 270-752-6839 and [email protected],” the statement said.
Saturday was Racer Day in Murray State with “future students, families and guests” on campus, according to the university’s Facebook page.