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BU Students and Police Chief react to Oregon Shooting

By Emily Girsch.
At least thirteen people were killed today when a gunman opened fire on a community college campus in Oregon.

Gun legislation has once again become a topic of intense and emotionally charged debate.

Fox 40 received a statement on the incident from Governor Andrew Cuomo who said, “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to everyone who has been impacted by today’s tragedy.”

Meanwhile on the campus of Binghamton University, Police Chief Timothy Faughnan told me that university police are well trained in responding to active shooters and safety measures like the blue light system and text message and email alerts help keep students informed.

Faughnan also said students should look out for one another.

"We focus heavily on taking care of yourself and each other," said Faughnan. "If you get a text alert and your friend doesn't have that, share that information, spread the word. There's an alert. We need to do this. We need to stay inside. We need to shelter in place. We need to exit."

Students on campus told me they feel safe here but they hate that these shootings keep happening.

BU sophomore Priya Pandey said, "It's certainly heartbreaking as a college student to hear that these things just continue to happen on college campuses and I think it really makes me wonder, how many more of these things have to happen?"

Chief Faughnan also said that while the safety procedures here on campus are effective, it's also important for students to use common sense and be more aware of their surroundings.