Two students from the University of Rochester who were allegedly abducted and held hostage have been found, police said.
Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo were last seen around 2 a.m. Saturday near the school. Rochester Police said a SWAT team rescued the two students at approx at 9:20 p.m. Sunday.
Both seniors had been forcibly abducted and held against their will, police said.
The students were taken to a local hospital, where one is recovering from a gunshot wound. Police said the student was shot in the leg before a rescue operation has begun. His injury is non-life threatening.
The University of Rochester released a statement, "University officials along with the Rochester Police Department are pleased to announce that the two University students reported missing have been found and are safe. The police investigation into their disappearance will continue, but the good news is that they were located this evening by the Rochester Police Department."
In a press conference late Sunday, Joel Seligen, president of the university told reporters, "The two University of Rochester students who were wrongfully held, for many, many hours have been successfully recovered, are healthy, are alive. There is a collective sense of relief tonight that all of us feel. This could have turned out in a very different way."
Rochester Police Chief William Ciminelli told reporter, "We determined that these students were forcibly abducted and being held against their will. We developed a tactical plan and after observing certain activity in that location the determination was made, we authorized the SWAT team to do an entry and the Rochester Police department SWAT team did enter that location and in fact did a hostage rescue."
Four people have been taken into custody, according to police.
The investigation is ongoing.