On the night of Wednesday, Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, issued an alert to its students advising them to take shelter in place and wait for additional instructions. The reason behind the warning was a possible armed individual on the university campus.
The university website posted the message as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of its students, faculty, and staff. The alert urged everyone to stay indoors until they receive further instructions regarding the situation.
“Due to possible armed subject at Monmouth University you are advised to shelter in place and await further instructions,” the University alert read.
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“Monmouth University police report they are currently “searching and securing” the campus. They want students to continue to comply with the shelter in place order,” an individual posted on Twitter at 11:35 pm.
According to Forbes, on Sunday, four separate shootings in different states in the US brought the number of mass shootings to 102 so far this year, with a total of 149 dead and almost 400 injured. This marks the earliest point in at least a decade that mass shootings have reached triple digits. The three deadliest shootings occurred in January, with one leaving 12 dead and another in which a suspected gunman killed 7 people at two locations. Last year at this time, there were 69 mass shootings resulting in 89 deaths, while in 2021 there were 75 mass shootings and 78 deaths.
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