UConn students react to America’s latest mass shooting

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Tonight students entered Gampel Pavilion at UConn thinking about their fellow college students who were shot and killed in California.

“It’s devastating for their families and for everyone who knows them. It’s just scary for everyone really”, said freshman Julia Wells.

They were also thinking about their safety.

“The fact that we even have to think about this, in this day and age, it’s a reality, and it’s something we have to deal with, so we just hope that improves in the future”, freshman Sage Phillips says.

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With tight security at the front door, police officers mixed in with the crowds as K-9s patrolled the promoter. The UConn campus was on high alert and so were the students. The reality driven home for senior James Ficaro. One of his friends was in the bar at the time of the shooting.

“I saw on Facebook she posted, ‘I am safe’. I was just worried.”

There is a lot of security, and a lot of concern, especially as it as a sold-out game. The students are all packed in the band is over there, a lot of people just milling about. This is the kind of scenario that is a worst case scenario specially if something goes wrong quickly.

“My friends and I worry about that all the time, we sat in the library and said, it’s sad but scary, this is a perfect opportunity for someone who felt that way, to take advantage of this population, it is scary”, said senior Calla Contos. 

Each student we talked to had an emergency plan and were ready in case something like this happens here on the campus.

“I looked for emergency exits, so I know how to get out quickly just in case you know there’s something”, said freshman Ivan Petroka.

Officials at Gampel tell News 8 they have security but just short of metal detectors and police on the front door, it’s very difficult to stop something like this from happening.

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