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Texas Tech Student Arrested for School Shooting

Asher Russo, Associate Editor

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A school shooting erupted at Texas Tech University on October ninth. The shooter, Hollis Daniels pulled out a gun on campus and shot an officer before roaming the campus on foot. He was then later arrested by a campus officer near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and was charged with capital murder of a peace officer. Daniels a 19-year-old freshman at Tech, was brought into the campus police station after evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia was found in his dorm room.

“I found out about the shooting after my Father called me.” Said Texas Tech Freshman Stefan Rados. “Tech told us about the shooting through our student emails, there was a lockdown and nobody was allowed to leave their dorm rooms.”

Daniels was apprehended approximately an hour after Texas Tech sent out the email warning students of the situation.

“I was honestly worried because all other situations have led to people getting injured or even dying.” Said Rados.

Concerns among students, faculty and activists in

Texas over the safety of firearms on campus was immediately raised after the law went into effect in 2016. After Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, signed the bill into law over 500 members of Texas Tech’s faculty started a petition against campus carry. Texas has recently implemented a campus carry law that allows students and faculty to carry concealed guns on campus. The state policy states that for a concealed carry permit the person must be at least 21 years old and have no felony convictions, among other conditions.

Texas Tech was unable to provide information regarding how Daniels obtained the gun or if he was searched before being taken into custody. It is also unclear whether Daniels had the gun on him when he was taken to the police station or if he took the weapon from an officer.

Despite the uproar, campus officers across the state say that the law has not impacted the schools in any significant way. The few cases that did involve weapons on campus, officials say that individuals such as Daniels were not licensed to carry.

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