'Helpless feeling': Houstonian with ties to Michigan State University speaks out about mass shooting

ByKaren Alvarez KTRK logo
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
'Helpless feeling': Houstonian with ties to Michigan State University speaks out about mass shooting
The Michigan State University shooting, which killed three students and injured five, hit close to home for Houstonian and MSU alumni David Astrein.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The latest Michigan State University shooting, where authorities said a gunman opened fire, killing three and injuring five others Monday night, has hit close to home for one Houstonian, who knows a student that currently goes there.

"I think it was first, you know, just shock. We see it all time, but when it's something that impacts you directly, it hits a little different," David Astrein, a Michigan State University alumnus, said.

Astrein was born and raised just outside of Detroit, Michigan, but has lived in Houston for over 10 years, working as an HR director for a local company.

He went to Michigan State for both undergrad and grad school, graduating in 2008.

"I go back, and I recruit for people to come to Houston for the company that I work for now, where we've taken recruitment trips, and we have students there," Astrein said.

During those terrifying moments of uncertainty, he said the student he knows was texting him back, letting him know that he was in hiding.

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Michigan State University students returned home to the Chicago area after the deadly campus shooting.

"It's a helpless feeling. It's shock. It's anger. It's all of that," Astrein said.

Authorities said the shooter ended up shooting himself and had no connection to the university.

In a statement, MSU wrote: "We cannot begin to fathom the immeasurable amount of pain that the campus community is feeling."

According to a report by Gun Violence Archive, so far this year, there have been a total of 67 mass shootings, and many, like Astrein, are wondering when this will stop.

"Let's get down to the root of it and figure out how we can prevent this from happening," he said.

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