Dear William & Mary Community -
The Williamsburg Police Department continues its investigation into last night's shooting near Tribe Square. More information on that investigation may be found in this Virginia Gazette article.
Although there is no indication that the suspect remained near the campus after he fled, W&M Police increased their patrols in the area after the incident as a precaution and will continue those increased patrols tonight.
Please continue to be aware of your surroundings and call 911 to report anything suspicious. Please also make use of such resources as the Campus Escort (221-3293) program, which offers evening transportation on campus, as well as the Rave Guardian and In Case of Crisis apps.
The Rave Guardian app works like an emergency "blue phone" in your pocket and has a number of additional important safety functions. One touch can connect you immediately with W&M Police, or you can send a text or photo tip. The app will also let you set a timer if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place, so that friends, police or others you trust will be notified if you are late. The In Case of Crisis app provides a guide of helpful education and response information on a number of emergency situations.
The apps may be downloaded from the W&M Emergency Management Team's website, which also offers additional information and resources related to campus emergencies.
On that site, you will also find information about registering for the emergency notification system. Please make sure your personal mobile number is the first listed on your profile in that system. In the case of Clery warnings, as we had last night, alerts will be sent to that number first.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. William & Mary and Williamsburg are generally very safe communities, but this morning’s incident is an unfortunate reminder that crime can and does occur here. As you enjoy your evening, please remain aware of your surroundings and look out for one another.
Deb Cheesebro, Chief of Police