Message Regarding Weekend Off-Campus Incident
Following an off-campus shooting incident that occurred after midnight, Sunday, October
11, 2009, both Campus police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department are aggressively
continuing their investigation. The incident occurred at an event that was neither
sponsored nor sanctioned by Ferrum College. It involved an altercation during which
two students were injured by gunshots fired by a non-Ferrum individual who fled the
scene. The students were treated at area hospitals and released.
Law enforcement officers, including Ferrum College Police, Franklin County deputies,
Virginia State Police and members of other law enforcement agencies, responded to
the situation within 2 minutes. After conferring with officers who investigated the
immediate circumstances surrounding the incident, it was determined that the level
of concern did not warrant an emergency alert to the general College community. For
informational purposes the campus was subsequently notified of the incident via e2campus.
Student concerns or questions over this incident can be taken to the College Police
Department, the Dean of Students, the Vice President for Student Affairs, or the College
The College remains committed to the safety of its students, faculty, and staff, and
will not tolerate illegal actions or behaviors.