An Alabama woman was in stable condition on Wednesday after being shot at Faulkner University, a private Christian school in Montgomery.
The Montgomery Adviser reported on Wednesday that 37-year-old Reginald Brown had been charged with attempted murder and illegally possessing a firearm after he allegedly shot a school maintenance worker at around noon on Tuesday. WFSA identified Brown as the victim’s husband.
“Our investigation indicates that this is domestic related,” Montgomery Police Department spokesperson Denise Barnes told WNCF-TV.
Saul Calderon-Zavala said he witnessed the shooting.
“Heard a shot, glanced over, I saw a tall man with a red shirt. Immediately popped,” Calderon-Zavala recalled. “That’s the one thing I remember. Red shirt, black pants, there was a woman on the floor, more gunshots. She tried running away and she was just shot more. And he got into his car and drove off.”
Police later caught up with Brown on Atlanta Highway, near the entrance to the university.
Following the shooting, the university activated emergency procedures by sending a text alert to students and faculty: “(Active Shooter on Campus) Emergency! Armed person on campus. Go to nearest room and lock door. If off campus, do not enter campus. Follow instructions from auth.”
Campus officials said that they would investigate after some students and employees complained that they were not notified of the emergency.
In a statement, the university asked “everyone to be in prayer for the victim.”
“That’s where I think a small faith based institution like Faulkner comes into play,” vice president of student affairs John Noel Thompson explained to WNCF-TV. “Probably one of the first things we will do in addition to counseling that is already happening as we speak, we have daily chapel. So tomorrow’s chapel program, I can assure you there will be some time to talk through this.”
Brown was being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility on $500,000 bond.
Watch this video from WSFA, broadcast Aug. 27, 2013.
[Photo credit: Montgomery County Detention Facility]