Texas Southern University plans to step up security after rash of incidents

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Crime scene tape, gunpowder residue tests, students rushing out the building -- this isn't what you're supposed to see just outside a university campus. But at the Tierwester Oaks section of the University Courtyard Apartment Complex, one person is dead and another injured.

"It's sad when you spoke with him and now they're gone," said freshman Raven Scott. "You think about their family and everybody who knew him."

Almost all the students who live here are freshman. This is the third shooting they've seen since they started school at the end of August.

On August 27, a man and woman were injured when police say a man started shooting in a parking lot. It's the same as one that was a crime scene Friday.

On Tuesday of this week, a man was shot after a campus event.

In the past 30 days, Houston police have responded to seven other crimes on and around campus.

TSU President John Rudley said, "We're here to educate students. We really are. That's our primary goal. Now we're going to have to wake up and be more concerned by safety. Beef up our safety and work in conjunction with HPD more."

Officials at TSU as well as at nearby University of Houston are working to increase security. But for some students, it may be too late.

"My mom, she wants me to transfer," said freshman Jasmine Williams. "She immediately called and was like, 'We need to get you out of there.'"
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