The joyous and inquisitive nature of a college campus was shattered by gunshots. At approximately 9:30 A.M. Monday morning a Prairie View A&M campus employee was shot and killed by a former employee at the school’s Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Farm and Ranch. The suspect was soon thereafter detained and , thankfully, no students were harmed, according to a statement issued by the university.
This morning, an incident isolated to the Governor Bill and Vera Daniels Farm and Ranch involving a former employee resulted in a shelter-in-place notification to the campus community. Through the swift action of campus law enforcement, the suspect was detained and taken into custody. No students were injured, however one victim, a current PVAMU employee, sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
As our campus mourns, the University has canceled all in-person classes for the remainder of the day. Faculty and staff are encouraged to communicate with their immediate supervisor, should they need time off to process today’s unfortunate event.
Our hearts go out to family, friends, and all impacted by this tragedy. Individuals needing counseling or related support may do so through Student Counseling Services (students) and the Employee Assistance Program (employees).
The Prairie View A&M University Police Department is leading the investigation.
According to PVAMU police chief Micheal Curry officers spotted a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle leaving the area and detained and arrested the driver. Chief Curry added that other officers discovered the victim with multiple gunshot wounds and attempted to perform “life-saving measures” until EMS arrived. The victim, whose name has not been released, unfortunately, did not survive.
The lock down was in place until approximately 12:40 pm.