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Fri Mar 2, 2018, 04:18 PM

Active Shooting Central Mich Uni--Where I am a Grad Student

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I was not on campus, as I am a commuter student.

But here's the salient point for me. If I had been, it would have been MY 2ND "lock down" experience from a shooting event in 4 years.

I was working in Santa Monica in the Lion's Gate building in 2013, when we went on lock down in my office. I was the highest level manager in the office that day. We were on the 4th floor so I didn't feel like shots would come through a window. But this scenario was due to a shooter who had hijacked a car and was on Pico blvd. shooting randomly out the window.
The police were unsure if there was a 2nd shooter. Our building was near a water fountain outdoor cafe area that was very busy every lunch hour. They assumed the shooter(s) were looking for populated areas. There is a lot of confusion in getting accurate info in the early minutes.
It turned out to be a single shooter who went to Santa Monica Community College. There were many fatalities and he was killed. AR-15. I lived one block from that little college. I walked my dog there, and really loved it's quaintness (I had taught at Florida Keys Community College years ago and it reminded of that campus). I couldn't get home by car, as the streets were covered and taped off. I had news helicopters I swear 500 ft above my place all weekend, filming. It was like a war zone. I feel very fortunate to only have experienced that tragedy the way I did, on the periphery.

A couple of weeks later, a man drove his car down Venice Boardwalk trying to hit as many people as possible. Also fatalities. But less for sure. That is where I rode my bike. Not long after, a shooter came into LAX. I flew out of there for business almost weekly. It felt like the world was going mad. I really became sensitive to these events after.

I am thankful today's shooting was "only" two people and not students. But how sad it that?

Right now, everyone on campus there, today, is still in shelter mode, as the shooter is still at large. I am getting automated phone calls/messages from Central Michigan, every hour or so, telling me to continue to shelter in place.

I came to believe, and still do, that if we continue this way without restrictive measures, everyone will come to experience a mass shooting event at close proximity, or will know someone who has.




Highlights:
Two people were fatally shot Friday after a gunman opened fire at Campbell Hall dormitory at Central Michigan University, campus police said.

James Eric Davis Jr., 19, was identified as a suspect in what campus police believe was a domestic dispute. It was the nation's 12th school shooting this year.
Last seen wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie, the suspect was still at large and considered armed and dangerous, according to police.
People were advised "to take shelter," law enforcement and school officials said.
The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday on the dorm's fourth floor.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/02/us/central-michigan-university-shots-fired/index.html

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Reply Active Shooting Central Mich Uni--Where I am a Grad Student (Original post)
Leighbythesea Mar 2018 OP
SoCalMusicLover Mar 2018 #1
Leighbythesea Mar 2018 #3
gibraltar72 Mar 2018 #2
Leighbythesea Mar 2018 #4
Hekate Mar 2018 #5
Kirk Lover Mar 2018 #6
Leighbythesea Mar 2018 #7
Motownman78 Mar 2018 #8
Straw Man Mar 2018 #9
Leighbythesea Mar 2018 #10

Response to Leighbythesea (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 05:21 PM

1. A Good Friend Works At Lionsgate Santa Monica

 

He's in the Audit department, David Diamond. Not sure if you knew him.

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Response to SoCalMusicLover (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:16 PM

3. I was ar Kohls

They had a Trend Office in that building. So wouldn't have known him, no. It was a lovely building and everyone i came in contact with from rhe other businesses were so nice.

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Response to Leighbythesea (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 05:31 PM

2. My grandson goes to CMU

Can't tell you what a knot I had in my stomach when I saw the headline. I told my wife to call him she said I'm sure he's working today. She said I can't call him phones aren't allowed at his workplace.We later got word from our daughter he was ok. What this nation is going through has to stop. We have two political parties Democrats and the NRA.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:20 PM

4. Scary

So glad he was ok. It was once again hard to get info from people on their safety. I know your feeling. Terrible. And helpless. But maybe the tide is turning finally towards action. Im so glad there is a march coming up.

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Response to Leighbythesea (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:37 PM

5. The number of degrees of separation grows smaller and smaller. Yesterday hubby was on the phone

...with a co-worker who lives in Idaho and works from home. (We are in California) Her children's elementary school was on lockdown -- and I had just read a headline about it here.

Gun massacres have happened in my town too, over at the university.

This is terrorism by another name.

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Response to Leighbythesea (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:41 PM

6. Technically it's not a mass shooting since only two people were killed. It's just your

 

run of the mill double murder.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 01:05 AM

7. That is technically true

It was a relief to discover no students and two total fatalities. Schools are so permeable, they seem to be such a target.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 03:40 AM

8. According to the original police statement

 

it was a domestic dispute.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 04:46 AM

9. Right.

Otherwise we're going to need a new word for what "mass" used to mean.

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Response to Straw Man (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 11:05 AM

10. Correct I updated

I updated my thread to say active. There was discussion among students about this. When someone is moving about with a gun, there are fatalities, but you don't know who they are, it seems like a mass shooting is happening but it was not in this case.

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