Shooting near FAMU injures one and leaves students frightened

Scene of South Adams Street after the shooting.
Kayla Carter | The Famuan

An early Tuesday morning shooting near the campus of Florida A&M University has left one person with non-life-threatening injuries and FAMU students rattled.

According to a press release issued by the City of Tallahassee, one person was injured at a party at 1815 South Adams St. early Tuesday morning.

The Tallahassee Police Department says officers responded to the area just after 1 a.m.

Arriving officers found one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

There were two block parties to commence the university’s homecoming festivities. The shooting did not occur at the Homecoming Block Party hosted by the university.

FAMU students said they are shaken up after the shooting and some have lost their homecoming spirit.

Kayla Carter, a graduating broadcast journalism student, attended the block party. She said the shooting shocked her.

Carter said the university needs to enforce safety on and off campus, especially during homecoming.

“This is not FAMU’s first time having a shooting near campus,” said Carter. “FAMU needs to enforce more safety around the campus, instead of just on campus.”

Just two years ago a FAMU student was killed in a nearby campus shooting just before the homecoming game.

Quinton Langford, who died in 2016, was shot off-campus at a party on Gamble and Perry streets near FAMU Village residence hall. 

Carter went on to say how this event has affected her homecoming plans.

“I’m a little hesitant to attend any other homecoming events now, whether they’re hosted by the university or not,” said Carter. “It’s obvious that even being less than one mile away from campus is just as dangerous as being at a club.”

Glenandrea Brown, a graduating public relations student, said things like this put a damper on university tradition.

“The shooting that happened at the block party makes it hard to feel safe at any other open campus evens,” said Brown. “It makes you feel like one of the most sacred traditions of FAMU isn’t safe anymore.”

She added, “We can never do anything civil without it being shot up. That is sad.”

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, no arrests had been made as of late Tuesday afternoon. TPD said it is following up on tips provided by the public.

TPD is asking anyone with information about the case to please call (850) 891-4200, as they are still trying gather information that may lead to the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible for the shooting. If you prefer to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.