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A&M shooter arrested; president thanks campus police, staff

HUNTSVILLE — As one person was arrested in Tuesday’s shooting at Alabama A&M University and another is hospitalized with an arrest pending, the president of the university thanked campus police and university staff for working quickly and moving students to safety.

Dr. Daniel Wims also “deeply regret the stress” from the incident, in a letter to the Alabama A&M University community.

The shooting allegedly began as a fight between two students outside of the Knight Center and resulted in three people being injured.

Willie Brandon Nance, 23, one of the alleged shooters, was booked into Madison County Jail on aggravated assault charges early today. The other alleged shooter remains hospitalized and will be booked into Madison County Jail when he is discharged from the hospital.

The school went into lockdown and provided information to students and staff through its Bulldog Alert network.

“The safety and well-being of our students and campus community will always be our top priority,” Wims wrote. “We deeply regret the distress caused by the unfortunate incident on our campus yesterday and want to assure you that we are taking every measure to maintain the ongoing safety and security of our campus.

“I want to thank our campus police and University staff who worked quickly to move students to safety and provide updates in real time. I’m also proud of our students who displayed an incredible amount of patience and vigilance during an evolving emergency situation.”

Police said the shooting was an isolated incident between the two people, Wims said, and not “an active shooter incident.”

“I understand the concerns this incident has raised,” he wrote. “Please know that we remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our campus community. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and take necessary actions to prevent such incidents in the future.”


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