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TCU Finance Student Fatally Shot in Fort Worth's West 7th Area

In the early hours of this morning, at approximately 1:09 am, Fort Worth police officers were conducting routine patrols in the West 7th area when they were alerted by the sound of multiple gunshots.

Upon hearing the gunfire, the officers immediately initiated an investigation and subsequently discovered an injured man who had been shot multiple times. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the 3000 block of Bledsoe Street. MedStar, the local medical response team, transported the injured man to a nearby hospital. Medical personnel pronounced him deceased upon arrival. The deceased man has been identified as Wes Smith, a junior at TCU.

Detectives leading the investigation have reported that the victim, West Smith, was standing in the street when another man allegedly fired the shots that ultimately claimed his life. Following the shooting, the suspected assailant fled the scene on foot, committing an assault on a woman in the process.

Police arrested the suspect a short time later. His name has not been released.

According to a statement by TCU, Smith was from Germantown, Tennessee.

"He was a beloved member of our community, and we grieve with his family and friends," the statement said.

TCU notified students and staff about Smith's death in an email Friday morning, saying Smith was a finance major and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

"The grief in our community is great today," the campus-wide email said.

TCU was offering counseling for students, according to the email.

The incident remains under investigation.

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