The Faulkner shooting left one person on the Faulkner University campus fighting for her life, as she is reported to be in a critical condition today. While this is another school community left shaken by a shooting, the Faulkner shooting wasn’t random. A husband targeted his wife in this incident of gun violence on Tuesday, according to The Inquisitr on Aug. 28.
Police and rescue personal rushed to the Faulkner campus when news of this shooting came via a 911 call. The woman was shot by her husband near a maintenance building on the campus. The Faulkner University described the woman as a “contract employee.” The University sent out a high state of alert text message saying:
“(Active Shooter on Campus) Emergency! Armed person on campus. Go to nearest room and lock door. If off campus, do not enter campus. Follow instructions from auth.”
The alert system failed in some cases, as not all the students and teachers received the high alert text message. While this shooter had a target in mind when carrying out this shooting, this was not known at the time the alert went out. With some people not receiving the alert message, this could have been a tragedy of bigger proportions if the shooter was randomly going after people, like what has been seen in recent school shootings.
The university is now looking into how this system failed. The shooter, whose name was not released, was arrested and will be tried for attempted murder. The victim’s name has not been released at this time.
Saul Calderon-Zavala, an eyewitness to the shooting, said the man was wearing black pants and a red shirt. He approached the woman and shot her. Calderon Zavala said:
“She tried running away and she was just shot more… And he got into his car and drove off.”
School officials spoke to the media about the shooting saying:
“In what appears to have been a domestic situation, a contract employee was injured in the shooting and has been taken to a local hospital for treatment. Her condition is not known at this time.”
The statement also asked that people pray for the full recovery of the victim. The motive behind the man shooting his wife is something the investigation will hopefully uncover. “The Montgomery Police Department is following up on the incident. The problem of the alert system’s failure to notify all school staff and students is something that the school will investigate. They will hopefully put safe guards into place so this doesn’t happen again.