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RESPONSE FROM WSU PRESIDENT, ELSON FLOYD, ON ASSAULT:

PULLMAN POLICE INVESTIGATING WEEKEND ASSAULT OF WSU INSTRUCTOR: As many of you know, a member of our WSU family, Dr. David Warner, an instructor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, was the victim of what police reported as an assault with serious injuries.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning in the Adams Mall parking lot on Colorado Street.

He was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital and later was transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where today he is listed in critical condition with serious brain injuries.

Family members, friends, co-workers, and other supporters have rallied around him; within hours of the attack, a Facebook page was created to provide a place for all of us to express our concern and sympathy. Mrs. Floyd and I send our prayers and healing thoughts as well.

Because the incident occurred outside of the WSU campus, the Pullman Police Department is conducting the investigation. According to a Pullman PD news release sent out Saturday, it is unclear exactly what events led to the assault, and no arrests have been made.

There is a belief – as reflected in Facebook posts and other comments – that this was a hate crime motivated by discrimination. My fervent hope is that is not the case.

There is no room for any kind of senseless violence in our community or beyond, especially hate crimes. However, please know that we as a university will do whatever we can to help police get to the root cause of this situation.

UPDATE:

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Pullman police are checking surveillance video and looking for witnesses as they investigate the beating that put a Washington State University faculty member in a hospital with a serious head injury.
    
Officers responding to a disturbance in a parking lot found 41-year-old David Warner unconscious around 2 a.m. Saturday near the campus.
    
Warner was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital and later transferred to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where he was originally reported in critical condition.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

City Of Pullman Press Release: 

The Pullman Police Department needs your help identifying the subjects in the photographs inside this story. 

The photographs are still images taken from surveillance cameras around the time that a crime occurred.  Simply because a person's photo appears on this website does not necessarily mean that they have committed a crime.  

The subjects pictured could be: Persons of interest, possible witnesses, possible victims, or potential suspects.

If you recognize any of these people or vehicles, please consider contacting the Pullman Police Department at (509) 334-0802 or by clicking on the link above the photos to submit your information electronically.  You can request to remain anonymous. 

Pullman Police Department Press Release:

 On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at about 1:55 am, Pullman Police officers responded to a call of a disturbance at the Adams Mall parking lot, 600 block NE Colorado St., Pullman. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious male adult victim with a serious head injury. The victim was initially transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. At this point in the investigation, it is unclear what events led to the assault and the suspect(s) is/are unknown at this time. The victim was subsequently identified as David Warner, a faculty member at Washington State University. There were apparently a number of witnesses to the incident.

Investigators are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or any actions involving the victim and the victim's friend, to contact the Pullman Police Department at (509) 334-0802. The victim is described as a 41-year-old male with long black hair, 5'-10" tall, 220 lbs., and was possibly wearing glasses and may have had his hair in a pony tail. The victim was accompanied by a 31-year-old male wearing a Seattle Seahawks jersey. Descriptions are provided only for the benefit of potential witnesses who may have seen the victim and his friend involved in an altercation. We are seeking the identities of those who were involved in an altercation with the victim and friend. Suspect descriptions are unknown.

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