Going to Rutgers, I’ve unfortunately had my fair share of experiences with gun violence. As I’ve previously written on this blog, I’ve even been robbed at gun point. However, before that ever happened, my first encounters with guns were when we would have to ask certain undesirables to leave our parties. Luckily for us, it never escalated to the severity of the situation down in Texas this weekend.
According to KXAN, police are looking for three suspects after a shooting at the Sigma Chi chapter at the University of Texas fraternity house early Sunday morning. The shooting happened at the Sigma Chi house on 27th Street and Nueces Street around 3:00 A.M. when a person was asked to leave a party that was being held at Sigma Chi. If you’ve ever been in a fraternity or attended a fraternity party, you know how usual of an occurrence this is. The Austin Police Department said the person came back to the house and started a fight, which is when the three suspects starting firing, hitting a security guard. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to the Daily Texan, three arrests related to the shooting were made at the 26 West apartments at around 11:30 P.M. Sunday, according to an officer on the scene.
A little after 11 p.m. Sunday, Austin Police Department SWAT Team officers shut down the intersection of 26th Street and Rio Grande Street, according to eyewitnesses of the arrests.
“It was actually two flights of stairs above my apartment, so the light was shining into my window,” finance junior Carlos Rueda, who lives in apartment 1318 at 26 West, just two flights of stairs above where the suspect was.
Rueda said the SWAT officers ordered the suspects to come down with their hands up.
“Seeing that in West Campus is really just alarming,” Rueda said. “I saw the guns on them and the shields, so I was pretty terrified.”
Nolan Glubke, a member of the fraternity who was not present at the house during the shooting, stood in front of the Delta Delta Delta sorority house and joined a crowd of onwatchers who clapped and cheered as the arrest took place.
“Really the only thoughts that I have are they got what they deserved,” Glubke, a human dimensions of organizations sophomore, said.
An officer inside the complex’s premises said at least one of the suspects in the shooting was arrested Sunday night, although whether all three arrests were related was not clearly determined.
Always a scary situation when urban violence bleeds into the college scene. Fortunately, no lives were lost, and the injured security guard is expected to make a full recovery.