Fresno State Shooting Suspect Arrested
May 8, 2007 11:40 AM
A shooting took place at an off-campus apartment building at Fresno State University this morning, leaving one dead and two wounded.
Police announced they captured the suspect, Jonquel Brooks, 19, a Fresno State student from Hayward, who gave himself up to police.
Brooks is suspected of killing Brant Daniels, who is not a student, and wounding Fresno State students Roderick Buycks, 19, and Drew Pfeiff, 22.
“Based on the ongoing information we received from Fresno Police, we felt confident that the campus was not threatened,” said Fresno State President John D. Welty through a press release.
This shooting comes only a few weeks after the Virginia Tech University tragedy. Recently, there have been many similar situations happening at campuses all over the country, including one at City College of San Francisco.
Following the tragedy, SF State President Robert Corrigan sent students an e-mail addressing safety concerns.
“This historically has been a very safe campus and I want you to know that a great many people continue to work together to keep it so. We cannot provide absolute protection against disaster, either natural or man-made, but we can promise you your safety will remain our highest priority,” said Corrigan.
In the e-mail Corrigan also addressed communications concerns during an emergency, such as alarm systems and voice announcement systems, in addition to Web page and e-mail communication. Corrigan also promised that each building on campus would have a safety coordinator trained to assist evacuation during an emergency.
Corrigan also advised those who are feeling anxious or distressed from the Virginia Tech tragedy to seek on-campus counseling. He also advised those that feel like they may be a threat to others, or know someone who may be, to seek help as well.
Ashley Williams, 21, of Los Angeles said she thought Corrigan’s e-mail about campus safety was late.
“The only times I’ve encountered or seen campus security is when something goes wrong,” said Williams, a child adolescent development major.
“I choose to walk on the open parts of campus,” said Williams about being safe on school grounds.
Chris Fernandez, 22, of San Francisco, said he feels safety is underrated on campus and said he wishes there was more than just an e-mail concerning safety.
“I don’t think this place puts enough emphasis on safety,” said Fernandez, an engineering junior.
Fernandez also said that students don’t pay attention to e-mails and may not click on it.
“It’s just an e-mail, it’s not important,” said Fernandez.
Melissa Ledesma, 24, of Hayward said she used to take classes at night and was scared that someone would attack her while she was going to the restroom. Ledesma also feels OK about safety on campus.
“You know every once in a while you see a weird person and you wonder what they can do, are they planning something? Are they going to this school?” said Ledesma, a senior in criminal justice studies.
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