Bridgewater College Shooting

Image of J.J. Jefferson (left) and John Painter (right)

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On February 1, 2022 Alexander Wyatt Campbell shot and killed Campus Police Officer John Painter and Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson at Bridgewater College in Virginia. The pair were responding to “reports of a ‘suspicious’ person on campus.” Following a short interaction on campus at Memorial Hall Campbell open fired hitting the two officers, who eventually died from their injuries. Less than an hour following the incident Campbell was found and arrested.

While there is not much known about the shooting themselves and their motive there is information about the university and how they handled the incident. Since the incident occurred a little after 1:00 p.m. there were students in classes. The university sent a message to students and staff to stay in buildings and not to go outside. The college eventually canceled classes the following day and offered students mental health support.1 This shows a correlation to the Virginia Tech shooting and how the pair of students in the psychology doctoral program had to learn how to effectively help those suffering from the effects of the shooting.

  1. Caldwell and Selva, “Suspect Who Allegedly Killed 2 Officers in Shooting at Virginia College Was Former Student Athlete.” ↩︎

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