Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 21, 2014

Local resident asks for prayers after Purdue shooting

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Andrew King was in his noon class when the shooting began at Purdue University.

"They told us a shooting had occurred at the electrical engineering building and that we were under lockdown," said the Effingham native, who has attended classes in the building in the past. "We didn't really have excellent cell reception, but we all had computers on. We were checking on what updates were available."

A few minutes later, King said little information was available and the lights were turned off. Students were told to sit on the floor, he said, adding they turned their computers to online police scanners to look for any updates on what was happening.

"We saw students running through the hallway, and we weren't really informed if the shooter was apprehended," he said. "After about an hour, a professor had come by and had given the all clear. We were released and told to carry on the rest of the day."

King said information kept trickling down to students about what had happened, but students were afraid. 

"It was kind of frightening," he said. "We didn't really know the whole situation, but we later found out it seemed like one shooter killing one person."

Now, in the wake of the shooter's arrest and with one student dead, the rest of the school is aprehensive about what to do. The university canceled classes for Wednesday, but King said feelings are mixed as to how to carry on after such a traumatic incident.

"I know a lot of people are kind of stirred up and a little frightened by it," he said. "Some people are wanting to return to normal and move past it, and other people are wanting to have some time to adjust. There's kind of some mixed feelings. Students are going to have a hard time feeling normal again. Even though I wasn't in direct harm, it's hard to be in a situation like this."

King hopes to move past the incident, but added students at Purdue need to be held in residents thoughts as they move through the trauma.

"Everyone here needs prayers, and I know Purdue is offering a lot of trauma assistance for people who are still scared and need help with all this. I'm just feeling that Purdue needs to be lifted up in prayer," he said.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or at jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.