By Ricky Saldana
On October 27th, a possible shooter was spotted on the University of the Incarnate Word campus around 7 p.m. and the campus was briefly on lockdown. Two calls to the campus police department said that students spotted a suspicious armed individual roaming campus near the residence halls and after 45 minutes, the lockdown was called off. OLLU students have been affected by the suspected armed individual in both their emotional and psychological well-being.
Monique Cortez, a senior English major, stated: “After the events, I do not feel safe as I did prior. The shooter at UIW gave me the realization that a shooter can appear literally anywhere at any time and how nowhere I really safe from danger.” When asked about her emotional well-being, Cortez went on to say that she will be on edge in class and will not be able to study properly or pay attention.
Conversely, Mahalaleel Muhammed-Clinton, a sophomore Mass Communication major, stated: “I feel just as safe as I did before the shooting . . . bad things are happening on a constant basis all around us. Why should I start feeling differently now?” Muhammed-Clinton also stated that she does not feel that the incident will have any impact on her academic performance or emotional well-being whatsoever.
While the students at large have mixed feelings about the armed individual spotted at UIW, San Antonio police later reported that they were unable to find a shooter on campus. Images of an armed person on top of a UIW building was revealed to be a police officer scoping out the campus for the shooter.