Student charged & in custody

Shu Wang possessed substances that could be used to make explosives, police allege

Shu Wang, ArtsSci ’14, is still in custody at a provincial detention centre after being arrested for mischief, weapons dangerous and possession of an explosive substance on June 12.

Kingston Police were called to Wang’s Brock and Frontenac St. Home on June 12 at 5:30 p.m., after nearby residents heard pellet gun shots and saw damage being done to a garage door, allegedly by Wang.

The Emergency Response Unit seized what appeared to be replica pellet guns, knives and materials that could be used to create explosive devices.

Wang had his first video remand on June 11. He underwent a show-cause hearing, another name for a bail hearing, last Wednesday, as well as another video remand on Friday.

Kingston Police Constable and Media Relations Officer Steven Koopman said he didn’t know the outcome of the show cause hearing and video remands.

He did say, however, that Wang’s investigation is “slowing down.” “The immediacy and the danger of the crimes, as well as the loss of evidence, has been relatively contained,” he said. “What we’re waiting for now is following up with detectives with search warrants, as well as interviews with the involved parties.” Police are still awaiting results from the OPP Explosives Unit.

Koopman told the Journal on June 13 that the maximum charges Wang could face are between five to ten years in prison.

“Obviously the maximums are rarely reached,” he said.

Matthew Sullivan, Sci ’13 lived with Wang and four other students last year. He said Wang wasn’t a dangerous person.

“He’d walk around the house with [his pellet gun], but never pointed it at you,” he told the Journal on June 13.

One of Wang’s former floormates, Lindsey Kaplan, alleged that Wang had a machete-style knife in his room in first year.

Despite this, she never thought he was a dangerous person.

“I could see him being kind of weird and trying to fit in, he tries to be all gangster and stuff, but I don’t think he would ever harm a person,” Kaplan said. Meg King, ArtSci ’14, also lived on Wang’s floor in Victoria Hall.

“Although Shu has an interest in weapons, I don’t think he would ever use them to harm anybody.” she said.

“I think he just didn’t understand the gravity of his actions.”

King said Wang always had a “big heart.”

“He’d walk me home from the library if it was late at night,” she said.

“Shu would do anything for his friends. He’s a very kind and protective person.”

Wang and his family weren’t able to be reached for comment.

It’s currently unknown whether whether he will face a trial.

—With files from Katherine Fernandez-Blance

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