Plans to keep students safe after violence near UT Tyler
Tyler, TX — On Sunday, Tarrington Joiner was hospitalized after being shot in the chest at the intersection of Patriot and University.
On Tuesday, one man was shot in the head while another was shot in the leg at Cambridge Apartments.
On Monday night about a dozen people were involved in a fight at The Varsity Place Apartments.
Although these incidents happened off campus, there are still some safety concerns from UT Tyler students.
One student said, "I'm trying to get more information and if I need to make the move that's what I'm going to have to do, make the best decision for me and my girl because safety comes first yah know coming from a whole different state I'm trying to be safe and go to school."
Tyler Police says they are beefing up patrols, making a stronger police presence.
Doyle Lynch from the Tyler Police Department said, "We're asking that not only the other law enforcement agencies we work with and the management but also the people that live out there that if they see people who do not belong out there or that they know are causing some of the problems out there that they notify us."
We tried to talk to officials from UT Tyler about the events, but they refused an on-camera interview.
But, they did give us a statement saying they have a system in place to alert students. That statement is attached to this story.
Another student, Carter Morby, said, "I typically just don't hang out around the area late at night yah know I just stay home don't go to the apartments, its been a problem in the past."
UT Tyler officials statement also says they have installed nineteen emergency phones on campus.
Morby tells KETK, "Press a button on those blue poles and the UT Tyler Police will be there, I mean I imagine it would be effective I've never had to use it but it sends off an alarm straight to the cops, so I imagine that they could see where it was and be there pretty quick."