Grambling Offers Campus Counseling After Two Fatal Shootings

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State University is providing counseling resources to students and staff after two deadly shootings on the campus last week.

The university is bringing in counselors from the University of Louisiana system and Reframing for Life, a Ruston counseling firm. The school plans to continue small group counselling along with virtual and in-person individual sessions. Campus Living and Housing departments will still conduct daily wellness room checks and IDs will continue to be inspected at campus entry points.

The first shooting, on Oct. 13, left one person dead and three wounded. According to the university, the shooting involved two people who were not students; one was injured and one died. A third person, who has not been identified, is suspected of firing a gun into the air. Two students in the vicinity had injuries that were not life threatening.

The gunfire broke out in front of the student union building and resulted in a temporary shelter-in-place order for students until the scene was cleared.

The second shooting, on Oct. 17, resulted in one death and left seven injured. This shooting happened around 1 a.m. on the campus quad. The person who died was not enrolled at the school, and the one victim who is a student was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. The victims’ identities have not been released.

Homecoming events on Sunday as well as classes on Monday and Tuesday were canceled. The university set a curfew from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice. Both shootings are still being investigated by Louisiana State Police.

President Rick Gallot said school officials are focused on making the campus a safe environment and dedicated the week to fasting and prayer.

“I start each day with the understanding that our students come here for an education and far too often it’s outsiders who have created these situations that have put life and limb in danger,” Gallot said, according to reporting by KSLA-TV. “That’s not why we’re here. That’s not what we’re about after 120 years, and so again, our priority is keeping our students safe.”