2 Women Killed, Toddler Wounded In Shooting At Texas A&M-Commerce Dorm

University Police are investigating the incident. 

Pride Rock Residence Hall where Monday’s shooting at Texas A&M University-Commerce took place.

Updated 5:35 p.m.

Two adult women are dead and a 2-year-old has been hospitalized after a shooting on campus Monday at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Pride Rock Residence Hall. University Police are investigating.

Authorities said the wounded child is in stable condition. University police found the toddler in the same room as the two women after responding to a call at 10:17 a.m. from a student at Pride Rock.

Texas A&M Commerce student Jack Simonek said when he first received the alert from university police, he expected a less severe incident had happened — like a tire slashing. He was dismayed to hear that there had been a shooting involving a toddler.

“It’s a 2-year-old. Why?” Simonek said, his voice trailing. He choked up.

Classes were cancelled Monday. Classes will also be cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday, although the university will remain open. Classes will resume Thursday.

University president Mark Rudin and the university police department held a press conference Monday afternoon.

Rudin said the campus is open, but Pride Rock and other areas near the crime scene will remain closed until the investigation is finished.

“Our hearts go out to anyone in the community who has been impacted by this tragedy,” Rudin said. “The health and safety of our students is always out top priority. Professional counselors are available in the Rayburn Student Center for anyone who needs assistance in coping with this situation.”

Earlier Monday, students and staff were instructed to shelter in place due to an active criminal investigation. That shelter in place order has been lifted.

Shari LePage Stout, the mother of a third-year Texas A&M Commerce student, said her family was in shock after the incident.

“Everybody talks about gun laws and gun control but who do you blame,” she said. “You may think as a parent sending your child to school you have nothing to worry about. But I guess I was wrong.”

LePage Stout said she wondered what was going through the shooter’s mind.

“Sometimes I think there’s too much hatred in the world and if this person got caught up in it,” she said.

Shelter and counselors were being provided to students at Rayburn Student Center.

Texas A&M University-Commerce police outside of Pride Rock Residence Hall after Monday’s shooting.

Pride Rock is a three-story residence hall for freshmen.

“I came in today thinking it’s going to be a regular, boring old Monday, thinking I’d work on my stories and that was going to be it,” said Simonek, who works for the school newspaper. “But then we got that email and everything went spiraling.”

In October, two people were killed and a dozen wounded at an off-campus shooting that occurred at a college party involving Texas A&M-Commerce students. The event was not school-sanctioned.

“Especially three months after the Greenville incident, it’s hard,” Simonek said. “I knew people at the Greenville party. I know people who go through Pride Rock. It’s dangerous. I don’t like that within three months, we had two shootings.”

This is a developing story.

This article was originally published on KERA. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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