Fatal shooting near WVU campus

Early-morning shootings killed one person and wounded another at a Morgantown apartment complex where West Virginia University students reside. Full Story
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VA mother

Sutton, WV

#1 Oct 27, 2007
Yes, there was shooting. There was a shooting at these apartments last weekend also, the same involved. My daughter, a student at WVU, called us last weekend and I in turn called the District Apartments, very upset. Apparently, according to the District, there are no managers on duty full time. I was totally blown off, by whoever it was that I did get to speak with. Needless to say, the matter of last weekend was not addressed, and then this horrible situation happens this morning, right outside of my daughter's apartement. This is the worst of the worst and I can tell you other horror stories of this apartment complex that charge 450.00 and up a month per apartment occupant. These people were forewarned there was a problem, and what was done to prevent it? NOTHING. Living 5 1/2 hours away, I cannot be there quickly, but I plan to be in Morgantown to find my daughter another place to live until she graduates WVU. If there are any parents of WVU students reading this, PLEASE do not let your children reside at this complex. It is nothing like we were presented in their sales pitch. Nothing!
Father of WVU Student

Prince Frederick, MD

#2 Oct 28, 2007
VA mother wrote:
Yes, there was shooting. There was a shooting at these apartments last weekend also, the same involved. My daughter, a student at WVU, called us last weekend and I in turn called the District Apartments, very upset. Apparently, according to the District, there are no managers on duty full time. I was totally blown off, by whoever it was that I did get to speak with. Needless to say, the matter of last weekend was not addressed, and then this horrible situation happens this morning, right outside of my daughter's apartement. This is the worst of the worst and I can tell you other horror stories of this apartment complex that charge 450.00 and up a month per apartment occupant. These people were forewarned there was a problem, and what was done to prevent it? NOTHING. Living 5 1/2 hours away, I cannot be there quickly, but I plan to be in Morgantown to find my daughter another place to live until she graduates WVU. If there are any parents of WVU students reading this, PLEASE do not let your children reside at this complex. It is nothing like we were presented in their sales pitch. Nothing!
This is very disturbing. If it is true that there was a shooting last week at one of The District Apartment units and nothing was done to investigate it and now another shooting has occurred at that same unit this time with a death and an addtional serious injury, it is vital that the detailed facts of the situation be released at once to all District residents. Please, if anyone knows what the true situation is, I hope that you will post your information here. We are talking about multiple shootings and murder at the District Apartments across the street from where my daughter has an apartment. The University, The District Apartments ownership and management, the Morgantown police and city government and the Morgantown news media must be deluged with demands for full disclosure immediately.
Mother of WVU student

Alexandria, VA

#3 Oct 28, 2007
Yes, there was another shooting last week at the same place. Police did not notify the District apartments (at least that is what I was told). Police did not talk to residents to see if they saw anything either. We are also moving our kid to a safer place.
Mother of WVU Student

United States

#4 Oct 28, 2007
My son lives in the building next to the crime scene. This may be off campus housing but the
residents here are WVU students. Where are the college administrators? Should not these occurences be investigated by the college? These are their students.
mother of wvu student

Conroe, TX

#5 Oct 28, 2007
I too have a son that lives in the builing beside of the building where these shhootings took place. When i contacated the sheriffs dept. I was told by a 23 yr old deputy not to worry the district was getting full time security and not to worry about it. No details at all, and the worst of all I could not get ahol of him. How comforting to know we pay the high rent and can not find out anything about my baby. I too will be there Monday to move him.
Mother of WVU Student

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Oct 28, 2007
My daughter lives in the building where the shooting occured. She left her apartment yesterday morning to attend an Alpha Phi function and walked into the middle of a crime scene. She was detained by police for questioning and called me greatly upset from the back of a patrol car.
I immediately called the District office and was
told that they were not sure what was going on in that building because the police had not discussed anything with them at that point in time. Most of the information that I received about the shooting trickled in throughout the day from my daughter. The shooting occured in the breezeway outside her apartment. I don't understand why the residents of 1800 were not notified of a possible shooting and told to remain in their apartments. My daughter is traumatized by what she walked into. We are moving her out of that building tomorrow morning.
her apartment.
Paula

AOL

#7 Oct 28, 2007
My daughter lives in the 1900 building of the District Apartments. She is home safe with us, we fortunately only live 40 mins. away. I was also blown off by the management of the complex yesterday, was promised a return phone call & never received one. When I called the complex back yesterday evening I got the answering service--go figure! I spoke to a news anchor who covered the story for WDTV, I informed him of the incident that happened last weekend, he said that he was not informed of that from the District & that they were angry that the news was there in the first place. My daughter and her roommates do not want to return to their apartment, can anyone tell me what legal leg we have to stand on as far as their lease is concerned?
Mother of WVU Student

AOL

#8 Oct 28, 2007
Does anyone know what legal leg we have to stand on to get out of our leases?
Mother of WVU Student

AOL

#9 Oct 28, 2007
What legal rights do we have concerning their leases?
Mother of WVU student

Alexandria, VA

#10 Oct 28, 2007
Maybe all of us parents should meet tomorrow?
Mother

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Oct 28, 2007
I too have a daughter living at the district and yes, I'm concerned; very, very concerned. I do, however, realize that this shooting could just have easily taken place at any other complex in Morgantown. I do not believe, for one second, that the District is any more unsafe than the other complex's around campus. There is good, bad, and ugly everywhere you turn.
Mother of WVU student

Baltimore, MD

#12 Oct 28, 2007
My daughter lives close to the building where the shooting took place. A friend left her apt to find the victims lying in the parking lot. It must have only been minutes after the shooting. My daughter too was detained and questioned by police because she knew the victims. I didn't know about the other shooting but will be addressing it immediately. We pay a high price for rent and there is NO Security? My daughter lived in Sterling Ridge for 2 years, a similar community and that was partially leased by WVU. Sterling Ridge had 24 hour security and some Morgantown Police who resided in the complex (I'm sure they received a reduced rate as a professional courtesy as many apts offer) which was a great deterrent to crime. It is not a fail safe, but definitely having security and a police presence is a deterrent. Seeing security driving through the apt complex on a continuing basis would not have prevented this horrible crime, but possibly prevented it from happening in a place where so many have been affected and/or could have been shot by accident by stray bullets entering an apt or hitting innocent by-standers like my daughter or her friends. Likewise, the security and the police should have been highly visible after a shooting last week. This is totally unacceptable!!! There is a lot accountability here from the bar owners, to the apt complex to the City Police and City of Morgantown. My prayers go out to the victims and parents of the victims.
Mother

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Oct 28, 2007
Additionally, please stop to remember that it is likely that every parent who has a child living at the District was calling management yesterday.
District Resident

Morgantown, WV

#14 Oct 28, 2007
I for one was very upset when I found out that there had been a shooting, period. The District has been no help whatsoever in trying to find out what's going on, as a resident.

The District doesn't seem to be doing anything at all except sitting back and trying to play hush hush.
Mother of WVU student

Baltimore, MD

#15 Oct 28, 2007
After reading all of the above and the comments by Leslie Thornbury, a think it is time that a joint action suit against the apts and/or anyone else who have been neglegent in their responsibilty to the residents be made. I am more than willing to travel to Morgantown now or at any time to meet with other parents. Please post your comments and we can arrange to communicate via telephone to coordinate a meeting with an attorney's office in WV. I am sure there is something that can be done legally and will be researching the Code and Statutes of West Virginia and the County.
Mother of WVU student

Waynesburg, PA

#16 Oct 28, 2007
My daughter lives in the building where the shooting occured. I called the state police last weekend they said they were taking care of this, I guess they didn't. I also would like to know how to get out of the lease.
Mother of WVU student

Baltimore, MD

#17 Oct 28, 2007
I am driving to WVU today (4 hours) and will meet with any and all parents who would like to meet. I will be staying Monday to return home Tuesday. I cannot leave a number but will check posts throughout the day. Maybe we can get some answers together.
kjh-alexandria-v a

Silver Spring, MD

#18 Oct 28, 2007
I have had the opposite experience from the District management. When I called in the morning after my daughter called, I was informed of the situation completely. They were very cooperative and urged me to call them if I had any further questions. They composed a letter and placed it on every residents door regarding the situation as far as they were aware. They have also hired a security firm to screen people coming into the residential compound which includes restricting visitors to being escorted by the resident from the office to the apartment. I regret the shooting and don't understand the prevalence of guns among young people, but believe this is a situation which could have happened anywhere, even with security.
Mother of WVU Student

AOL

#19 Oct 28, 2007
I think that coming together as one for the safety of our children is what we need to do. Let them try to fight all of us taking our children out of their "wonderful" facility. I have spoken to a lawyer who advised me that the best thing to do is get my child out of the dangerous situation & deal with the District later. My attorney doesn't feel that any judge would side with the District if they tried to sue for us breaking our lease. The District did not properly deal with the situation that took place last weekend, if they had, the horrific incident that happened this weekend would not have taken place. I realize what the mother who posted that "everyone with a child living in the District was calling yesterday" is say but what kind of parents would we be if we weren't all calling. These are our children we are talking about & it is our job as parents to keep them safe. What do the people running the District expect, do they actually think we wouldn't call? We were promised a return phone call & didn't get one, that shows me their lack of concern for my child. My heart is crushed for the parent's of the victim & my prayers are with them.
Mother of WVU student

Baltimore, MD

#20 Oct 28, 2007
I called yesterday and was told by a nice young man that he didn't know anything and couldn't comment about it; that the managers were on the phone and asked if wanted a return phone call. Not faulting him for being as professional as possible and for following instructions - and - also understanding that the management was being bombarded with calls - the fact remains there has been and continues to be criminal activity in this community and a shooting last week that management said they weren't even aware of. We pay a higher rent so our children are afforded a nicer living premise with ameneties. We pay for a pool and "Free" tanning which I am sure has paid for itself ten fold. Security, security, security??? I wonder if the State's Attorney General's office is aware of what is going on and the lack of responsibiity and accountability?

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