Shooting on Centenary College campus, suspect killed

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM CST
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Shreveport police are investigating a shooting at Centenary College.

Police were called to Centenary around 5:45 p.m. Thursday on a report of shots fired.

Corporal Marcus Hines with SPD tells KSLA News 12 that the shooting involved Centenary Police and that the suspect has been killed.

According to Corporal Breck Scott with SPD, the incident happened outside of the school's library. Preliminary reports suggest that campus officers were notified that a man on the campus was acting "strangely" and was possibly armed with a weapon. As officers reportedly attempted to make contact with the man, a struggle ensued and the man reportedly pulled out a gun. One of the campus officers then shot the suspect in the upper body.

The Centenary College community remains on edge. Sadie Wallace says she hasn't calmed down yet following news that an intruder had reportedly made his way onto campus.

"Someone was walking by me and he said, 'Where are you going?' I told him I am going to Smith, he said 'Run and get in there now,'" Wallace said.

Wallace was walking near the chapel, not too far from where police say the officer-involved shooting took place. That thought startles the student.

"That is when all the police was over here, the ambulance was over here and there were sirens. That was before I received any texts or emails or anything, so I was really freaked out," Wallace said.

The shooting comes shortly after the shooting that took place on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, that involved students, putting some things into perspective for the students on Centenary's campus.

"Centenary has never had anything like this occur," Cameron Pruhet said.

Another student described the scene as it unfolded a little after 6 p.m.

"I saw that someone was on the ground, and I saw what I thought to be CPR and then they loaded him on the stretcher and rolled them off," student Samuel Hall said.

Students are hugging one another a little tighter just thankful that the situation didn't have the opportunity to escalate into something much worse. Students say text alerts from the school kept them informed.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was transported to University Health Hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he was pronounced dead.

One of the officers involved reported a minor injury and was treated at the scene by Shreveport Fire Department personnel.

Nearly two dozen police units responded to the scene. Police say that no students or faculty were injured during the ordeal and the campus has been deemed secure.

Centenary College sent a tweet at 6:31 p.m. that read, "Centenary campus is secure. No students were involved in the incident."

Since the incident, Centenary College has been tweeting updates to its students.

Just before 10 p.m. Thursday, Centenary College President David Rowe issued the following statement on the college's Facebook page.

"Dear Centenary Family,

Tonight, I am incredibly grateful to report that all Centenary students, faculty, and staff are safe, and that no member of the Centenary family was physically harmed during a tragic and frightening incident that occurred on our campus this afternoon.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., a visitor to campus sought help from staff members on the second floor of Hamilton Hall. The staff members attempted to assist him, but because he was exhibiting suspicious behavior, they contacted the Department of Public Safety. DPS advised the occupants of Hamilton Hall to take precautions.

DPS officers also came to Hamilton Hall to monitor the situation. Once the man exited the building, the staff members were able to tell DPS that the man had a handgun. DPS officers attempted to stop the man, and he raised his firearm at one of the officers. At this point, another DPS officer shot him. Paramedics were called to campus to attend to his injuries, but he later died.

We will continue to update the Centenary family as we know more about this incident, but please join me tonight in prayers for all involved in this tragic incident. And please reach out to those who need your love and comfort tonight.

Take Care,

President David Rowe"

No names have been released at this time. The shooting remains under investigation.

Centenary Police say classes will resume Friday as scheduled.

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