NEW BRUNSWICK — A person was shot during a fraternity and sorority party two blocks from the Rutgers University campus early Saturday morning.

Police say the fight erupted after a group of eight to 10 males were turned away from the party on Hamilton Street about 1:30 a.m.

The fight spilled onto the sidewalk, according to New Brunswick Police spokesman Captain J.T. Miller.

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Miller said as the fight was winding down, one of the men from the group pulled out a handgun and fired one or two rounds into the crowd. The group then left the scene on foot down Hamilton toward Easton Avenue.

A 21-year-old city man who was attending the party was shot in the shoulder. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Rutgers University Police in a campus crime alert said the victim was not "affiliated" with the university.

The gunman in New Brunswick was described as black, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing a white, baggy shirt and blue jeans, according to police.

It's the second college-related shooting in Central Jersey in two nights. Shots were fired inside the E Hotel in Edison early Friday during a Halloween party hosted by various African-American social service/collegiate-professional fraternities, according to Edison police. Two young men from Newark and East Orange were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

New Brunswick police ask anyone who has information about the Hamilton shooting to call 732-745-5217.

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