Gun pulled on student at MSU
MURRAY, Ky. - On Tuesday evening, a group of freshman girls gathered at the Murray State University soccer fields.
"We were just hanging out, studying for finals," Courtney Carter explained.
"We were doing our own thing, listening to music," friend Ashley Travis added.
It was late, around 9:30, when Carter remembered seeing four men.
"They kinda looked over their shoulder, but kept walking. So, we didn't think anything of it," Carter said.
But the following morning, she received a campus emailing notifying her the men she had seen were now suspects in a crime that happened just a block away.
Campus Police say a student was walking home Tuesday night around 10 when he was approached by four men. It was in the area near Regents College and one of the men displayed a pistol. No shots were fired, no demands were made, and the group fled.
"It gave me goosebumps when I first read it," Carter admitted.
Captain Ray Dunaway with Murray State Police calls the incident "extremely rare." He says students should not be scared, but should "be more vigilant." He advises students to walk in groups, be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activity.
He says on Murray's campus, there is surveillance and 24 hour security.
"Our response time in an emergency situation is less than two minutes," he said.
Even still, Ashley Travis admits its frightening, "It freaks me out. I never pictured anything like this happening in Murray."
"We're lucky nothing happened to us," Carter said.
Police are working with just one suspect description. He is described as wearing a red ball cap, a red jacket, and sunglasses. That man and 3 others were last seen running south through the Regents parking lot toward the soccer field. Anyone with information is asked to call University Police at (270) 809-2222.