The victim of Monday’s shooting at Oklahoma’s Rose State College was revealed to have been a Marine reservist on Tuesday. A statement released by the university called RJ Long, the student in question, a “class leader” who was “always kind and respectful.”
In addition, his mother said that he was “a strong Christian and lived every day with his faith,” per the statement. Monday afternoon, Brandon Morrissette, 30, allegedly opened fire as he walked on campus with his wife, according to authorities in Midwest City.
When the police came, Morrissette allegedly hid a gun in his rucksack and surrendered. The police say, Long, who was 20, died at the scene. Harrah, Oklahoma’s NBC station KFOR stated that Long was well-liked there.
Jail records show that the suspect was taken into custody on Tuesday night at the Oklahoma County Detention Center on accusations of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm on school premises.n A representative for the school said that at around 12:15 p.m., students first reported hearing gunshots coming from the Humanities Building.
The initial active shooter alert was broadcast at 12:36 PM on Monday at the campus located approximately 8 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City. There was a warning that “an active shooter situation on campus” existed, and students were told to take cover.
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Midwest City Police Chief Sid Porter told reporters that a few weeks ago, the college had conducted a drill to practice what to do in the event of an active shooter. A little over an hour after the original alert, the school reported that the campus was once again safe to enter.
Officers could be seen congregating near the Russell Vaught Humanities Building and the Larry W. Nutter Administration Building. Officers from Midwest City were appreciated by Rose State College for their quick response.
“Their quick response time was crucial,” the university said in a statement released on Tuesday. The two-year college first welcomed its first students in 1970 and has since grown to accommodate almost 13,000.
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