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Incident Notification: Gunfire Near William J. Harrison Educational Center

In compliance with the Timely Warning provision of the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 and amendments, St. Louis Community College provides the following information.

At approximately 1:10 p.m., a St. Louis Community College employee reported an active gun battle in the vicinity of the William J. Harrison Educational Center. Upon notice, St. Louis Community College police enacted emergency procedures and the Center was secured.

There are no injuries to report, but the Harrison Center did sustain minor property damage to a window located between the first and second floor on the west side of the building. No personnel was in the immediate vicinity of where the property damage occurred.

The College is cooperating fully with this investigation. Further questions should be forwarded to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the lead investigative agency in this matter.

In an effort to enhance the safety of the college community and to provide tips to help prevent violent crime, St. Louis Community College provides the following information.  These tips represent best practices and come from the National Crime Prevention Council.

  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
  • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
  • Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
  • If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
  • If you are a battered spouse, call the police or sheriff immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
  • If you are robbed or assaulted, immediately report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Further crime prevention information can be found at