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Message From Chancellor Joe May

May 3, 2017

As you probably know from extensive news media coverage today, a tragic shooting occurred at North Lake College shortly before noon.

Two people died on North Lake's main campus. We don't know anything about either person at this time.

On behalf of the entire district, I want to express our grief and sadness to the North Lake College family. We are working with the Irving Police Department on this investigation, and we thank them for their assistance, along with our North Lake police officers for their immediate response. Now we must move forward as a community to console each other and to help one another during this difficult time."

The college went on lockdown at 11:43 a.m. today. Students and employees received emergency notification at that time by text, email or telephone.

The Irving Police Department arrived on campus to assist North Lake College Police in a building-by-building search following reports of shots fired on campus. As each building was searched and secured, law enforcement officers instructed students and employees to leave the building and exit the campus.

The Irving Police Department has reported two deaths on campus, stating that a murder-suicide may have occurred. Again, no information about the persons who died is available at this time.

Dr. Christa Slejko, president of North Lake College, told members of the news media this afternoon that this is an emotional time for the North Lake family. She said, "We're heartbroken that such a tragedy has occurred on campus. We will address any needs for counseling on campus as soon as we re-open."

She has shared that North Lake students and employees followed lockdown procedures, and she is relieved that no one else was injured. She also thanked the North Lake's police officers for their quick response as well as the Irving Police Department, who partnered with North Lake College Police to protect students and staff on campus.

North Lake College is closed for the remainder of the day as well as Thurs., May 4; all classes are canceled.

Thank you as we offer our condolences and prayers for everyone at North Lake College.

Joe May
Chancellor, DCCCD

Update (May 4, 2017)

The Irving Police Department released the names of both individuals who died on the North Lake College campus on May 3: The victim was Janeera Nickol Gonzalez and the shooter was identified as Adrian Victor Torres. According to North Lake College records, Gonzalez was a current student who began attending North Lake in 2015. Torres was a former student.

Also … All North Lake College campuses will be closed until Monday, May 8. Students or employees who need to retrieve personal belongings from buildings on the main campus should go to the central campus library on Friday, May 5, between 9 and 11 a.m. so that they can be escorted by college police.

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