Eastern Michigan University student shot in off-campus apartment

Destinee Leapheart expected to be OK after being hit by single bullet

Author: Charles Jackson, Assignment Desk Editor, @Local4Chuck
Published On: Dec 03 2013 04:30:15 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 05:47:19 PM EST
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YPSILANTI, Mich. -

An Eastern Michigan University student was shot Tuesday morning while she was in her off-campus apartment.

Destinee Leapheart, 20, was sleeping when she was shot in her left arm by a single bullet that came through a wall just before 2 a.m. at the Peninsular Place apartments.

Local 4 spoke with Leapheart's roommate, Tammy Flowers, who said Leapheart is expected to be OK.

"She told me she thought it was just her shoulder that popped. Then, a few seconds later, she felt a bunch of pain and just grabbed her arm and noticed there was a lot of blood," Flowers said.

Flowers said Leapheart, who is from Farmington Hills, doesn't plan on returning to the apartment because she doesn't feel safe.

In a statement, EMU police said the shot appears to have been "discharged randomly up into the air from a location outside of the apartment complex."

Police said they don't have a description of the gunman.

Peninsular Place apartments is the same complex where Julia Niswender was found dead last December in a bathtub.  Her death has been ruled a homicide and police are still looking for suspects.

Read: Police: EMU student drowned, 'found in unnatural position'

Leapheart's shooting comes just two months after 20-year-old EMU football player Demarius Reed was shot to death in his Ypsilanti apartment.

Two Detroit men now face murder charges in his death.

Read: 2 men charged in Eastern Michigan football player's murder