Monday, August 22, 2011

Bethune-Cookman Gunman By Pac Center


On Friday, August 19 around 10:00p.m. all students in the Pac Center of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL were told they could not leave the premises due to safety issues. Students were in an uproar on why no details were relaid about the present issue on campus. At the time the Pac Center was showing a Epicurean fashion show and Freshmen Talentshow when the show was interrupted with news that the campus was on lockdown until further notice. The exiting doors of the Pac Center were guarded by security and no one was allowed out. Many students became alarmed and annoyed because all information was held captive and many were ready to leave the campus. The Pac Center was locked down for two hours; students searched for answers on social networks like Twitter and Facebook to communicate with anyone that was not on lockdown on campus. From Twitter and various text messages students informed others that Bethune-Cookman's campus was on lockdown because a former Cookman student along with five woman were walking around campus with an AK-47. There were no reliable sources at the time except that a student recieved information from a security guard, which spread to social networks. According to this source students were not allowed to leave the campus because snipers were on rooftops looking for the armed suspect. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, witnesses reported to police they saw a gunman in a black trench coat around the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center off International Speedway Boulevard. The SWAT team searched around the area until 2a.m. Saturday morning but they did not find the suspect. Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood said, "It was an excellent drill" and that it was great practice in case of an emergency. 

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