Two officers had been killed in a taking pictures at Bridgewater Faculty, a small liberal-arts establishment in Virginia, mentioned David W. Bushman, the president, in an announcement on Tuesday. John Painter was a campus police officer, and J.J. Jefferson was a campus security officer; each had been killed on the campus.
The officers had been shut pals, Bushman’s assertion mentioned. Painter had been greatest man at Jefferson’s wedding ceremony this yr, and so they had been often called the “dynamic duo.”
“I do know all of us have so many questions and never many solutions,” mentioned Bushman. “We’ll rally round each other and assist one another as we transfer ahead from this present day.”
Round 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, native, county, and federal cops responded to a report of an lively shooter on the campus, close to Harrisonburg, in keeping with Bridgewater Faculty’s Twitter account. State and native law-enforcement officers took a suspect into custody at 1:55 p.m. after a “huge search operation.” An investigation is underway.
The taking pictures got here not lengthy after different threats of violence on school campuses. There have been bomb threats at many traditionally Black faculties and universities in January, after which once more on Monday and Tuesday. Albany State, Bethune Cookman, Bowie State, Delaware State, and Howard Universities, in addition to Southern College and A&M Faculty, acquired threats on Monday, The Chronicle reported. Based on The Washington Put up, about two dozen faculties have confronted threats this yr, with many closing down and investigating. The Biden administration mentioned it’s in contact with federal legislation enforcement concerning the threats.
Additionally on Tuesday, the College of California at Los Angeles moved courses on-line as a result of a former lecturer posted a video that referred to mass shootings and despatched an 800-page manifesto threatening particular members of the philosophy division, The Chronicle reported. The previous lecturer was taken into custody in Colorado, the college mentioned.
Bridgewater Faculty’s Twitter account despatched messages all through the afternoon telling neighborhood members to shelter in place. In a single Tweet, the school mentioned to “textual content to let your family members know you might be OK.” At round 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the school despatched an “all clear” notification.