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Campus Incident - August 17, 2010


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With Tragedy Behind us, Focus is on Healing, Safety

Message from the President
Cary A. Israel

August 17, 2010 – 6:00 p.m. “As you are aware, there was a shooting at the city of McKinney Public Safety Building adjacent to the Central Park Campus near U.S. Hwy. 380 and Community Ave. There were also shots fired at our campus at the Records Building as well as at one of our police officers and his squad car. (View press conference video for details;  MP4/Flash - Video ; YouTube - Part 1; Part 2)

     We are extremely grateful that no one was injured during this catastrophic and unconscionable act of violence.  The McKinney police officers did a magnificent job in containing this individual who was bent on destruction and death. I want to thank our police force for being highly responsive and especially Officer Jerry Hamon, who put his life in harm’s way.

     The campus was put down in lockdown almost instantaneously. Due to the competent, professional, quick actions by our police officers on campus, the students, faculty and staff at the Central Park Campus were moved to the designated areas in an orderly fashion. Also, many thanks to the college’s public relations, administrators, faculty, staff and students for their quick reactions to this heinous act.

     Our systems and protocols worked as planned. We will continue to improve upon our security systems in order to ensure the best possible safety for everyone on our campuses.

     The collaboration between the McKinney Police Department, Collin County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, ATF, the Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Collin College Police Department worked effectively and will speed the investigation and ultimately the healing process.

     The present threat is over, and we can return to our daily activities. Counseling services will be available tomorrow from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Central Park Campus in rooms B122D and B122C, and throughout the day as needed. Students, employees and community members are encouraged to seek any support they may need.

     Despite the events of today, we are looking forward to a great fall semester. Classes start Monday, Aug. 23 and the Central Park Campus will be open tomorrow, Aug. 18.

     G-d bless and be safe."


August 17, 2010 – 2:26 p.m. McKinney police are currently debriefing about details surrounding a shooting at its Public Safety Building near Collin College’s Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive, shortly after 9 a.m. today. A follow-up press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m.

A gunman in a Ford F-150 truck with a trailer parked his vehicle, which was loaded with ammunition, on the south side of the Public Safety Building and set his pickup on fire before exchanging gunfire with McKinney police

It is confirmed that the gunman is dead. However, the cause of death is uncertain. The motive behind the shooting is still also under investigation.

During the exchanged gunfire, one building on the Central Park campus was hit by bullets. No students, faculty or staff were injured.

As a precaution, the Central Park Campus and the city of McKinney were put on lockdown immediately for two hours and students were notified about the shooting shortly after 9:30 a.m. through the college’s emergency alert system.

The lockdown has been lifted, and the city declared the scene secure and has been transitioned into a crime scene. Although the lockdown is lifted, the Central Park Campus has blocked access to the public.

Go to www.collin.edu for updates.


August 17, 2010 –12:05 p.m. McKinney police are currently debriefing about the details behind a shooting that took place at the McKinney Police Department in McKinney, near the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive, shortly after 9 a.m. today. A follow-up press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. to discuss.

A gunman in a Ford pickup truck parked his vehicle, loaded with ammunition, in front of the McKinney Police Department before opening fire. Gunfire was exchanged between the shooter and the McKinney police.

It is confirmed that the gunman is dead. However, the cause of his death is uncertain.

Bullets from the shooting entered a Central Park Campus building. No students, faculty or staff were injured.

As a precaution, the Central Park Campus and the city of McKinney were put on lockdown immediately and students were notified through the college’s emergency alert system.

The lockdown has been lifted, and the city declared the scene secure and has been transitioned into a crime scene. Although the lockdown is lifted, students are not allowed on the campus.

Go to www.collin.edu for updates.


August 17, 2010 –11:10 a.m. The city of McKinney has scheduled a press conference at 11:30 a.m. at McKinney City Hall to discuss the details behind a shooting that took place at the McKinney Police Department in McKinney, near the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive, shortly after 9 a.m. today.

As a precaution, CPC and the city of McKinney were put on lockdown immediately and students were notified through the college’s emergency alert system.

It has been confirmed that the gunman, who parked his car at the McKinney Police Department before the shooting took place, is dead. No students, faculty or staff were injured.

The lockdown was lifted, and the city declared the scene secure and are transitioning it into a crime scene.

Go to www.collin.edu for updates.


August 17, 2010 –10:33 a.m. Shots were fired at the McKinney Police Department near the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive, in McKinney shortly after 9 a.m. today.

The campus was put on lockdown immediately, and students were notified through the college’s emergency alert system. It has been confirmed that the shooter is dead. No students, faculty or staff were injured.

Police are still on the scene and the campus is on lockdown until further notice.

Go to www.collin.edu for updates.


August 17, 2010 – 9:35 a.m. Shots were fired at the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive, in McKinney just after 9 a.m. today.

Campus was put on lockdown immediately. Students were notified immediately through the college’s emergency alert system.

Police are still on the scene and the campus is on lockdown until further notice.

Visit www.collin.edu for updates.