North Carolina shooting death on campus reveals dangers for students and staff

It was less than two weeks ago, when a ski-mask clad 19-year-old student brandished an assault rifle and opened fire on the University of Texas campus. He then fled to the library, where he killed himself, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Earlier this week, a similar scenario played out much closer to home when a student was shot and killed on campus of Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Like most state residents, we were both shocked and saddened by this tragedy.

Unfortunately, violence on campuses has occurred on a regular basis in recent years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics now counts homicides and suicides among the ways an employee can be injured in a North Carolina work accident.

In this case, both the alleged shooter and the victim were MACU students, the Sun Journal reports. The victim, a sophomore, died on scene from a gunshot wound to the head, WAVY-TV 10 reports. The alleged shooter, a 23-year-old senior, is also an auxiliary police officer with the Town of Pinetops. He is claiming self defense.

While every campus has their own protocols for how to handle an “active shooter” situation, the University of Notre Dame has published some common-sense guidelines for students and staff to follow in the event of a crisis:

IF A SHOOTER IS ON CAMPUS or IN A BUILDING YOU ARE IN:
~ do your best to remain as calm as possible.

~ as discreetly as you can, distance yourself from the shooter and secure yourself in a space where entrances and exits can be locked or blocked.

~ alert 911 to your location and situation, stay connected until instructed otherwise.

~ stay where you are until you are instructed by law enforcement or campus administration advises otherwise.

IF A SHOOTER IS IN THE ROOM WITH YOU:
~ alert 911 – if you can talk, give what details you can; if you can’t talk, just leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is going on.

~ interact with the shooter only if necessary, confrontation/attempting to disarm should be used as a last-resort tactic only.

FLEEING FROM AN ACTIVE SHOOTER:
~ think before you act – have a escape plan in mind.

~ leave everything but your cell phone behind.

~ when you encounter law enforcement, approach with your hands raised and in a posture of surrender – at this point, they don’t know who you are.

~ do not stop to assist the wounded, but note their location.

~ keep in mind, police may be in uniform or plain-clothes and the objective of the first responders is to stop the shooter, medical professionals and investigators are not the first people you will encounter.

OurNorth Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys and premises liability lawyers know that being injured due to workplace or school-based violence can leave a legacy of physical, emotional and financial consequences. If you have been injured, or someone you love has been injured or killed during an act of violence in a North Carolina school or work incident, call us at 1-800-887-1965 or contact our law offices online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.

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