The title of a recently released CNN article is “SUSPECT SURRENDERS after person FATALLY shot at Purdue University” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/justice/purdue-shooting-report/index.html?hpt=hp_t2).
“A gunman SHOT and KILLED a person at PURDUE University’s ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING building Tuesday (January 21, 2014) before surrendering to a police officer outside, the Indiana school’s police chief told reporters”.
“Both the suspect and the victim were MALES, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said, but their names weren’t immediately released”. We should get to know who THE SUSPECT is while we should allow the victim’s family to GRIEVE.
“The shooting at the school of about 30,000 undergraduates in West Lafayette occurred at about noon”.
“Cox said it appeared that the suspect had just had one TARGET in mind. He left the building right after the shooting, and a city police officer arrested him, Cox said”. The fact that this was a TARGETED killing is DEEPLY disturbing. “This individual seemed to have had INTENTIONS for the decedent” and that’s NOT good.
“No information about a motive was released. Cox said the suspect made no statement to investigators and was offering “LITTLE to NO cooperation“.
“David Hook, (20), a Purdue sophomore, told CNN he and other students were in the building’s lecture hall for a noon economics class when the shooting happened in another room. Hook said he heard shouting coming from outside the hall, behind and to the left of the instructor”. “Originally, I just thought it was just PEOPLE BEING LOUD. When I heard (shouting) the SECOND time, I thought SOMETHING was PROBABLY going on“. “something” SIGNIFICANT “was…going on”.
Finally, “The school sent text messages to students about the shooting, asking them to take shelter where they were. That request was lifted by 1:30 p.m., though the Electrical Engineering building still was closed so police could investigate, school spokeswoman Liz Evans said. “The rest of campus is open” and classes were under way”,
This is the latest SCHOOL shooting, after shootings at COLUMBINE (1999), VIRGINIA TECH (2007), CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL (February 27, 2012) and SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (December 14, 2012), places where people SHOULD feel SAFE. Schools should be SANCTUARIES. Sadly, however, THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE.