At least one person has been shot on the campus of Florida Atlantic University on Friday, a Boca Raton, Florida police spokesman confirmed to the local NBC affiliate WPTV. The station is reporting that the one known victim was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.
This is at least the fourth school shooting since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
The University posted a message to their Twitter account shortly after the first reports of the shooting reassuring students that the incident is not ongoing and that the campus is not facing any immediate danger:
FAU Alert 2/8/2013 11:50 a.m.: Incident this morning at FAU Research Park was contained. No danger to the University & no actions required.
— Florida Atlantic U (@FlaAtlanticU) February 8, 2013
According to Florida Atlantic University’s Chief of Police Charles Lowe, the victim is a homeless man who was seen trespassing onto the roof of a building at FAU’s research center. Two FAU officers responded to a non-emergency call about the trespasser, and upon finding him on the roof, opened fire after he reportedly pulled a knife and threatened the two responding officers.