FAUPD say precautions not necessary in midst of 4th Ave. shooting

Regina Kaza

FAU police won’t get involved in last night’s shooting investigation, which happened within a five-minute walk from campus, near the Casa Del Rio apartment complex.

As of now, the Boca Raton Police Department is taking all the leads on the investigation according to the university’s Press Secretary, Kristine Gobbo.

“It’s not our investigation and we don’t like to meddle in other people’s investigations,” FAUPD Deputy Chief Keith Totten told the UP.

When a non-student fired three shots in an FAU apartment in 2008, the campus was put on lock down until the suspect was caught.

Last night’s 4th Ave. shooter, who – according to BocaNewsNow – shot three non-students, remains at large as of press time. According to Totten, there will be no lock down. “The incident didn’t involve FAU, so there’s no precautions necessary.”

He added, “The health, safety and welfare of all FAU faculty, staff and students are of utmost importance. To that end, the FAU Police Department is doing all it can to ensure a safe environment for the FAU Boca Raton campus community.”

“If the Boca Police Department reaches out the FAU police, they would cooperate,” said Gobbo. “We would happily work with the investigation’s agencies.”

At 11:20 p.m. on Oct. 30, the university sent this email to resident students advising they be careful:

“In an effort to continually keep the University community informed regarding issues that may be of concern, we wanted to make you aware that the FAU Police Department has recently been informed by the Boca Raton Police Department of a shooting incident that took place just beyond the University campus near 20th Street and 4th Avenue. At this time, there are few details available concerning the incident, including whether of not the shooter has been apprehended. If further information becomes available that affects the University community, we will provide that information to you in a timely manner.

The University would like to remind members of its community to be aware of their surroundings and to always follow safe practices.  On an individual basis, please exercise appropriate caution in carrying out activities both on and off campus.

If you have questions or concerns, please call the FAU Police Department at 561-297-3500.”