The Norman Transcript

October 2, 2013

Ex-OSU fraternity member charged with gun incident

Associated Press
The Associated Press

STILLWATER — A former Oklahoma State University fraternity member pleaded not guilty to accusations he pointed a handgun at two pledges during an initiation, then shot out a window of a vehicle in an effort to scare them.

Owen Edward Hossack entered his plea Monday. Court records say he aimed the gun at two pledges during a bonfire Aug. 16 and asked if they would take a bullet for Alpha Gamma Rho members. Police say the gun was then fired into a rear window of a vehicle, shattering it. No injuries were reported.

The Daily O’Collegian newspaper reported Tuesday that Hossack, 22, was arraigned on two charges of pointing a firearm with intent to threaten. The school said the student was expelled from the fraternity and school and that Alpha Gamma Rho was placed on partial suspension.

Hossack was freed on a $10,000 bond and scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 4.

A statement from the school said it opened an investigation Sept. 6 and subsequently reported the incident to campus police. Police say Hossack met with officers Sept. 11 and acknowledged firing the weapon at a vehicle window that he believed to be open.

Hossack was a secretary on the school’s Interfraternity Council in 2013, OSU said.

Alpha Gamma Rho President Mitchell Earl said the fraternity did not condone or encourage the alleged incident.

“Members of the fraternity are cooperating fully with campus officials and have no further comment due to the ongoing nature of the investigation,” Earl said.

Court documents say the counts are punishable by prison terms ranging from one to 10 years.