Community Alert - Firearm Discharged UPDATE

Date & Time of Incident: 
July 11, 2017 9:51 pm
Report Type: 
Other
Reported Offense Summary: 

UPDATE: University Police identified and arrested the suspect believed to have discharged the fire arm.

It was reported to University Police that a verbal altercation took place in the parking lot adjacent to Bavaro Hall.  The verbal altercation was followed by the discharge of a firearm into the air.  No injuries are reported.  The suspects were seen leaving the area, heading north on Emmet St. 

Appearance of suspect is reported to be:

Witnesses report that two unknown male suspects fled the area in a white Dodge Charger.

The University of Virginia shares this information to protect members of the University community, to promote safety, to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes, and to raise awareness of how to seek prompt assistance should a crime occur.

  • No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for another person's abusive or criminal conduct. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.
  • Safely intervene and/or call for help if you witness disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, or a violent crime. Plan in advance: discuss how you might do this in conversations with your friends, using different scenarios, when you aren't facing a potential crisis. Remember the three D's of Green Dot: Distract, Delegate, Direct.
  • Invite a Green Dot facilitator to your residence hall, suite, or organization to present on bystander intervention, or increase your understanding of these issues by inviting a peer educator from One Less or One in Four to present to your organization.
  • If you feel as though someone may be stalking you, ask someone who understands these issues like UPD, Office of the Dean of Students, the Women’s Center, or CAPS to help you clarify what’s going on and to develop a safety plan.
  • If you feel afraid, call 911 or utilize transportation resources, such as the Yellow Cab program and UPD’s Safe Ride. Put their number, (434) 242-1122 into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/parking/saferide/.
  • If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.
  • If you are being stalked, share this information with people who can help keep you safe. Use the stalking tracking form on the UVA resources website and speak to professionals to help develop a safety plan.

University (Non-Confidential) Resources: For information regarding resources and reporting options, you are encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@virginia.edu or at (434) 297-7988, the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at uvaeocr@virginia.edu or (434) 924-3200,  the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at (434) 924-7133, or the University Police Department at (434) 924-7166. A Student Resource Guide and other information is also available on the following websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Prevention Tips

  • If possible, don’t walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can. There is safety in numbers.
  • Use Safe Ride. Put their number (434-242-1122) into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/parking/saferide/.
  • If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.
  • The University Police Department offers two types of self-defense classes to the University community. The first class is the R.A.D. women’s self-defense course. This is a 12-hour multi-session course. The second class is a one-time, two-hour basic self-defense course. There is no cost to attend these classes.
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don’t turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
  • If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.
  • Know your neighborhood. Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones – as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.

Emergency/Crisis Resources (24/7):

Police

911

Sexual Assault Resource Agency

(434) 977-7273

Shelter for Help in Emergency

(434) 293-8509

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Emergency Line:

(434) 972-7004

Dean on Call (Call UVA Police and ask for the Dean on Call):

(434) 924-7166

UVA Emergency Department/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners:

(434) 924-2231

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline of Virginia:

(800) 838-8238

Ongoing Support from Confidential Resources:

Department of Student Health

(434) 924-5362

CAPS

(434) 243-5150

 

General Medicine

(434) 972-3915

 

Gynecology

(434) 924-2773

 

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Counseling Services

(434) 982-2252

 

Ongoing Support (Non-Confidential) and Guidance, including academic and housing accommodations:

Office of the Dean of Students

(434) 924-7133

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