(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A Christian university in the nation’s capital is begging the police for protection after three assaults occurred in its vicinity, including two fatal shootings, seemingly stemming from a nearby Metro station.
Earlier this month, the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, saw two shooting homicides – one on campus and one right outside the campus – and one severe assault against a recently graduated student, Fox News reports.
The Christian school has appealed to the DC Metropolitan Police Department, requesting more safety resources and increased security.
“I don’t feel safe. Sometimes I feel like should I change locations or should I go back to Turkey,” MBA student Berke Akgul told WUSA9.
The report notes that all three recent incidents were seemingly connected to the Brookland-CUA Metro station, which is close to the university’s urban campus in the northeast quadrant of Washington, DC.
The first recent attack – a fatal shooting – happened on July 5. The victim was Maxwell Emerson, a 25-year-old Kentucky teacher visiting for a conference.
According to security camera footage, Emerson met his suspected murderer, 22-year-old Jaime Macedo, at the metro station and started walking with him toward the university campus.
At one point, Macedo pulled out a gun, robbed Emerson, and shot him on the university’s Alumni Lane. The murderer had had “several prior convictions and at least four probation violations.”
The second fatal shooting happened on July 17. Police officers discovered a dead man with a gunshot wound near CUA’s campus at the intersection between 7th Street NE and Monroe Street.
In another violent crime, on July 13, around 4:45 p.m., a recent CUA graduate student was walking from the Brookland-CUA Metro station when several people attacked him.
After meeting with the DC Metropolitan Police, CUA President Peter Kilpatrick is holding a town hall meeting on July 26 to discuss the school’s safety concerns.
“You have my personal commitment that I will pull every lever I can to create a safer place for our students, faculty, staff, and those who visit our campus,” Kilpatrick said in a July 19 statement.
In a similar campus homicide case, on July 13, a construction worker was shot and killed during a presumed robbery attempt at Howard University in the capital’s northwest quadrant.