News Update

GCSO and GPD respond quickly to ‘stray bullet’ incident at college

At approximately 12:28 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, a stray bullet from shots fired from an off-campus location impacted the Galveston College Cheney Student Center while students, faculty, staff and campus visitors were enjoying an early Thanksgiving lunch. No one was injured or harmed.

“Law enforcement officials with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Galveston Police Department responded quickly to the incident,” said Carol Langston, director of public affairs. “We are so grateful and blessed that no students, faculty, staff or guests were harmed.”

The campus community was placed in shelter-in-place mode while campus security system tapes were reviewed. Shelter-in-place is typically used when law enforcement officials are engaged in an operation nearby. The goal is to keep students, faculty and staff safe and indoors. During a shelter-in-place faculty, staff and students are instructed to stay inside their classrooms and offices. The shelter-in-place action was lifted at 1:15 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing. Please contact the Galveston Police Department or Galveston County Sheriff’s Office with questions concerning the investigation.