CREDIT: Liberty University
An unidentified male student at Liberty University, the Virginia-based christian university founded by religious fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by an Emergency Services Officer, according to news reports.
The university issued a pair of statements as details emerged, expressing condolences to the family of the victim and assuring the campus’ 12,600 students that the issue was contained and there was no apparent security risk.
From the most recent statement:
“We have received reports that a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer was attacked by a male student in the lobby of a women’s-only dorm early this morning. The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the matter and Liberty University is cooperating. President Jerry Falwell, Jr. issued the following statement: ‘The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted.’”
The incident occurred at the entrance to a women-only dormitory. Male students are forbidden from entering female dorms at any time, so it remains unclear what the victim was doing at the dormitory.
Despite the rash of incidents involving shootings on college campuses in recent years — most notably at nearby Virginia Tech University in 2006 — Liberty University’s Board of Trustees amended the school’s firearms policy just eight months ago by removing the campus-wide ban on guns, opting instead to join the short list of colleges that allow students to carry a concealed weapon throughout campus.