Members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were on scene Thursday of an “incident” on the top level of a parking deck on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Officials would not confirm as much, but several signs pointed to Thursday’s on-campus shooting at Georgia Gwinnett College as a suicide attempt.
According to GGC officials, campus police “responded to a 911 request for assistance on the roof of the campus parking deck” at about 2 p.m. Thursday. Authorities believe the male victim, whose identity had not been released, sustained a gunshot wound on top of the parking deck just off Collins Hill Road.
“It was an employee that saw him on the ground and called for help,” GGC Police Chief Terry Schneider said.
Schneider said it had not yet been confirmed if the victim was a student.
“The individual was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center and the condition is unknown at this time,” GGC spokeswoman Sally Ramey said. “Campus security determined this was an isolated incident with no threat to the campus as the weapon was recovered at the scene.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to help and was leading the investigation, Schneider said. A GBI truck was stationed outside the parking deck and authorities could be seen on the deck’s top level. Crime scene tape blocked off a stairwell on one end of the four-story structure.
GBI officials did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
While declining to release more specific details, Schneider said that the victim was found “with” the weapon and surveillance videos did not show anyone else in the area.
Authorities were not searching for any potential suspects, Schneider said.
“It’s a very tragic incident and any time something like this happens, our hearts and prayers are with the victim and the family,” the police chief said. “It’s an active investigation at this time that’s being headed by the GBI, so I don’t have any other details about exactly what happened.”
The college was not put on lockdown following the incident, but text messages and other alerts were sent to GGC students at about 2:45 p.m.
“The situation has been cleared,” the alert said, in part. “There is no current threat.”
No further information was immediately available. GGC Police Chief Terry Schneider was scheduled to speak with the media at 5 p.m.
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