Texas A&M Commerce, University President Mark Rudin released a statement late Monday night in regards to the on-campus shooting that occurred in the Pride Rock dormitory building that left two dead and one injured.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and students impacted by today’s tragic event. During this difficult time, we encourage our Lion family – students, faculty, staff, and friends – to remain supportive of each other,” said Rudin.
Campus officers responded to a call to Pride Rock at 10:17 a.m., upon arrival, they found two female adults deceased, and a two-year old boy who was later transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The boy was said to be in a stable condition late Monday afternoon, as told by police.
It is still unclear if law enforcement has any leads on who the shooter may be, or what caused the shooting.
“Since this is an active investigation multiple law enforcement agencies are still conducting, we cannot speak further to the specific circumstances surrounding this isolated incident at this time. We assure you that we are taking measures to ensure your continued safety on campus and to provide services and support to you all,” advised Rudin.
Rudin stressed that their priority is for the safety of every member of their community.
“To that end, we have increased our staff presence in residential communities, and our University Police Department (UPD) has increased patrol around campus,” he said.
As a result of those safety measures, Pride Rock was reopened at 10:15 p.m. CST Monday.
“Our Counseling Center has expanded services to any students needing guidance or support during this time. Our Residential Living and Learning office has also arranged with local community partners to provide housing for any students temporarily displaced,” Rudin advised in his statement.
The University also provided a list of contacts for students and families needing additional services:
University Police Department
(903) 886-5868 / 911 (on-campus)
Residential Living and Learning
(903) 886-5797 – main
(903) 468-2597 – Pride Rock residents
“I encourage you to take care of yourself, to utilize any university services that you may need, and to communicate with others that may need comfort during this time. As we unite in mourning today’s event, I know the resolve our Lion family exhibits in times of crisis. Thus, I am confident we can unite in demonstrating that resolve together,” said Rudin.