Monday, March 27, 2023

US: Maine college on lockdown after campus shooting – Usky News

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Portland: The campus of a liberal arts college in Maine was put on lockdown Saturday morning after a student housing complex opened fire at what a student called a huge annual party. colby college said no students were hurt in the brawl that took place at the Alfond Senior Apartments on campus in Waterville, Maine.
No colby The school said in a statement that students were injured and that the suspect was not affiliated with the college, while police were looking for others involved.
The college said that police did not realize the imminent danger to the campus community, but asked students to exercise caution throughout the night.
The school said normal operations were expected to resume in the morning and counseling services for individual and group support would be available on campus, with staff providing assistance to students through the night.
An email sent by the college’s interim dean Barbara Moore to the student body at 2:21 p.m., which was shared by a student, said Waterville Police Department “There is an individual in custody who participated in the incidents there and fired the gun.”
“We urge you to take shelter until we have additional information that the campus is completely secure,” wrote Moore, who did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.
The Waterville Police Department did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking additional information.
landon kisselAn 18-year-old man from Manhasset, New York, said he left campus in a car about five minutes after receiving a message about the incident at 1:49 a.m. “to be 100 percent safe.”
“We have an open campus, so there is no security to prevent anyone from entering or leaving campus, so I was able to just drive by,” Kissel told the AP in a direct message on social media. friends on campus.
He said, “Initially it was a state of confusion where nobody understood what was happening. There were different rumors going around about what was actually happening.”
Kissel said, “There was definitely some scramble to find a safe place, but since everyone was already inside because of the temperature, most people either stayed where they were or moved to the next building and there themselves.” shut down.”
The Alfond apartment, where the shooting took place, was described by Kissel as “one huge party night”, which takes place every year on St. Patrick’s Day for about 24 hours. The holiday is on March 17, but the party, known as “Doghead,” was extended a week this year because the holiday falls during Colby’s spring break, he said.
Kissel first learned about the lockdown from her dormitory resident assistant, who sent a message to students in Sturtevant resident hall.
“Initially everyone was scared, especially because no one expected there to be a lockdown in Little Waterville, Maine,” Kissel said. “But things have gotten better since the school sent out an official email.”
Kissel initially did not see the email from Moore or any other student government leader who asked the students to remain in place.
“I never looked at those emails until now because who would think to check their emails when in a panic?” Kissel said at 3:25 p.m. from his car in the state capital, Augusta, about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Colby campus. He was considering whether to spend the rest of the night with friends at Bates College in Lewiston, another 34 miles (54 km) south of Augusta.
Colby, founded in 1813, is the 12th oldest liberal arts college in the US, according to the school’s website.


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