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Drive-by air-gun shooting at Pelletier library shatters four windows, causes no injuries

Two of the four windows hit were on the lower floor of Pelletier Library. Charlie Magovern/THE CAMPUS

Posted at: 2:15 a.m., 10/4/10

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At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Monday, shots were fired from a car on North Main Street into the western-facing windows of Pelletier Library.

Four shots were fired in total, two on the main floor of the library and two on the basement floor. No injuries were reported.  At this time, there are no suspects and the car has not been identified.

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According to the Office of Safety and Security, the bullets that hit the windows were most likely from an air gun, based on the level of damage inflicted on the library’s double-paned windows.  All four shots broke through the first set of glass but did not penetrate the second.

Students studying in the library witnessed the event.

“We were sitting here studying for psych, and it sounded like a rock hit the window,” said Lauren Moore, ’14, who was sitting on the basement floor of the library at the time. “Then we heard three more [shots] in quick succession and saw a car drive by.”

“I heard some bangs, and I thought it was just someone smacking on the window upstairs, being funny,” said Katie Moses, ’14. “But then I heard the windows cracking.”

Jinnie Templin, ’11, was not at the library during the shooting but expressed concern about her safety because her comp cubicle is located directly in front of the cracked windows on the lower floor.

“This just crossed a line,” she said in an e-mail interview, “the line from disrespectful to dangerous.”

Despite her worries, Templin said she will return to her comp cubicle out of necessity; however, this incident caused her some distress about campus security as a whole.

“When you’re not safe in the library, where the hell are you going to be safe?” she said.

Security arrived on the scene within 60 seconds of being notified to survey the damage.  According to Officer Fred Manville, Safety and Security officers will continue to follow normal protocol.

“First, we notify the cops,” Manville said. “Once we get everything we need from a crime scene, we set up more patrols and continue to watch the area.”

The rooms with damaged windows were cordoned off with caution tape, and, according to Safety and Security, maintenance personnel will secure the windows until new panes are installed.

Fifteen minutes after the incident occurred, the mood in the library had returned to normalcy.

“I just got into work at midnight, and everything had settled down,” said Zach Whiteman, ’11, an employee at the circulation desk.

At this time, neither campus nor library administration could not be reached for comment.  Any student with information concerning this incident should contact Safety and Security at 814-332-3357.

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  • S

    someoneOct 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Thing is, we CAN’T uphold the honor code. I don’t know if you know this, but lots of students here cheat. I have had to report quite a few and there are more out there doing it, I’ve heard from friends and I don’t know their names, otherwise, I’d do something about it. It infuriates me because I work hard for my grades and it’s not fair when people cheat.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t feel that the Allegheny community is necessarily the “epitome of integrity” that everyone makes it out to be. In fact, that’s true at any school.

    For those of you who work hard and don’t cheat, congrats. Really, keep it up, I wish there were more of you.

    The increased # of thefts/vandals and the cheating make security cameras necessary. It’s QUITE obvious that many members of the community can’t behave on their own. The cameras will hold them accountable. I’d support them no matter what.

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    SarahOct 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Why do students necessarily need cameras to deter bad actions? We’re already governed by the honor code, and if we can uphold the honor code, why can’t that apply to this as well? It’s about integrity. Security cameras aren’t going to solve the problems. It’s the attitudes, not the actions.

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    TOct 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    First of all, top shelf reporting. Love that The Campus has breaking news online. Second of all, the fact that something like this occurred directly across the street from the security main office should say something about the effort put into effect by Allegheny’s finest.

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    BrittanyOct 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Personally I’m all about privacy rights. I think it’s really great that ASG has refused to put up cameras thus far. This is the first time something like this has happened, and if cameras were put up, they would be to catch students, not Meadville residents. Allegheny is out of the ordinary because we have an honor code, and I like to believe that the majority of the students here are honorable enough to live up to it.

    • C

      COct 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, actually. If you recall, last year there were several reports of cars on campus being spray painted. Occasions of vandalism are not new to Allegheny, though administration would love for people to continue thinking so. Allegheny’s security is about as lax as it gets. Their response rate to just about any call is extraordinarily slow. Maybe security cameras would help. Then again, I think that a more competent security staff would too.

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        someoneOct 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

        Yeah I definitely agree with this.
        Either security cameras or better security staff. I think cameras would be less expensive, long term.

  • K

    Katie McHughOct 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Air-soft guns? One plastic BB shattered a huge pane of glass? Maybe security’s more concerned about PR than what may have actually happened.

    And I don’t think that security cameras installed on campus would have helped police or security catch a car full of kids speeding down a dark road.

    • C

      Common SenseOct 6, 2010 at 10:22 am

      the bullets that hit the windows were most likely from an air gun, based on the level of damage inflicted on the library’s double-paned windows.

      as in a pellet gun.

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    someoneOct 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

    This is why we need security cameras at allegheny. We’d have fewer thefts too.

    ASG needs to stop bleating about “privacy rights” and realize that students here need cameras to deter bad actions and protect them.