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By Patrick Donachie

Three men entered a residence hall at St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates Wednesday afternoon and after a dispute with four other men fired a gun in a robbery attempt, police said. The suspects fled the campus grounds but were later apprehended only a block away from the university, the NYPD said.

According to the NYPD, the three men entered Room 510 in the Hollis Dormitory early in the afternoon. After an argument with the four men inside the room, a weapon was brandished and one shot was fired, which hit a wall, police said. There were no injuries, according to a statement released by the university’s public safety unit.

Police said officers responded to an emergency call about the incident around 1:25 p.m. and the three suspects were arrested at about 2:45 p.m. by officers in the NYPD School Safety Unit. According to the NYPD, a weapon was recovered during the arrest.

In the statement, St. John’s public safety unit stressed that there was no continuing threat to the school at this time.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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