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Prairie View A&M employee Kendrick Lynnard Wilder shot and killed by former employee on campus

A shelter-in-place has been issued at the university



Update: Monday morning at Prairie View A&M University turned frightening due to a fatal on-campus shooting. The incident, which occurred at the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Farm and Ranch around 9:30 a.m., involved a former employee shooting and killing a current employee. The suspect, not identified at this time, was reported to have been previously employed at the farm.

The university reassured that no students were harmed during the incident. Prairie View A&M University Police Chief Michael Curry mentioned that campus police officers identified a vehicle resembling the suspect’s leaving the vicinity. The driver was subsequently apprehended.

“I was actually walking back from class and I saw all the police here and then you can hear them like telling him, ‘Put your hands up, put your hands up!'” freshman Makayla Reeves said. “It’s definitely scary, especially because it’s early in the morning, people trying to get to class, walking in and out of the dorms.” 

According to Curry, fellow officers discovered the individual with numerous gunshot wounds and attempted life-saving interventions until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived, but unfortunately, the man did not survive. The victim’s identity has not been disclosed. Following the incident, a notification was issued to students and staff, advising everyone to remain indoors. The Waller County campus implemented a shelter-in-place protocol until approximately 12:40 p.m., when the all-clear signal was given. In-person classes for the remainder of the day were subsequently canceled.

PVAMU statement on shooting

This morning, an incident isolated to the Governor Bill and Vera Daniels Farm and Ranch involving a former employee resulted in a shelter-in-place notification to the campus community. Through the swift action of campus law enforcement, the suspect was detained and taken into custody. No students were injured, however one victim, a current PVAMU employee, sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  

 As our campus mourns, the University has canceled all in-person classes for the remainder of the day. Faculty and staff are encouraged to communicate with their immediate supervisor, should they need time off to process today’s unfortunate event.    

 Our hearts go out to family, friends, and all impacted by this tragedy.  Individuals needing counseling or related support may do so through Student Counseling Services (students) and the Employee Assistance Program (employees).

Original Report:

A suspect has been apprehended after a shooting incident at Prairie View A&M University on Monday, as confirmed by university officials.

A university representative informed Channel3 that reports were received about a shooting occurring at the university’s farm at 9:39 a.m.

University police reported the apprehension of one individual. A university official stated that no students were implicated in the shooting.

Subsequently, a shelter-in-place directive was issued for both students and staff at the university.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.