Several suspects have been identified after a weekend fight in Bloomsburg left two university students seriously hurt. There is word from the Bloomsburg Police Department that charges will likely be filed before the end of the week.
Police said two Bloomsburg University students were hurt in the fight, including Jackie Lithgow, 19. The young man from the Carlisle area is in a coma. Donald Hoover from Berks County is in fair condition.
Police said the fight happened at an apartment on North Iron Street in Bloomsburg. University officials said it was an invitation-only party for the "Zeta Psi" fraternity. The fight caused a commotion in this neighborhood filled with students.
"It's a little scary that it happened two feet from my house," sophomore Kelly Mason said.
"The balcony that splits the two of our buildings, I was standing out there. It was like 2 a.m. There were like four or five police cars and a couple of ambulances. I saw them take two or three kids out on stretchers," freshman Colby Gregory said.
Bloomsburg University freshman Colby Gregory said one of his friends was at that party.
"I was like, hey man, what's going on down there? He was like, there was a fight down there, a couple of Kutztown football players came and started a big old fight. It was rough. It was real rough," Gregory said.
Both Lithgow and Hoover were taken to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville where they both remain hospitalized. Lithgow's parents started a blog where they said their son is in a coma.
Jackie Lithgow's parent's set up a blog detailing his progress. They said, his recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint. Police said they are close to making several arrests.
"We're doing real well on the investigation. We anticipate we will be making some arrests in regards to the assaults," Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan said.
Again, Bloomsburg police said they expect to charge several people by the end of the week. A spokesperson for Bloomsburg University said if any Bloomsburg students are charged, proper disciplinary action will be taken.