Penn State Offers Support Following California Shooting

Penn State released a statement Sunday night following a tragic shooting that occurred in Monterey Park, California, this weekend.

A gunman shot and killed 10 individuals and wounded another 10 people at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Saturday night. The suspect, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Penn State acknowledged that the violence occurred during a celebration of Asian culture and the Lunar New Year and that Asian and Asian-American communities were victims of the attack.

“As we process the news of this latest mass shooting, we must stand up and condemn these continued acts of violence that are senselessly plaguing our country,” the statement said. “Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been forever changed. It’s shocking and heartbreaking, and we stand with those in our community who are reeling from this attack and other tragic acts of violence.”

The statement was signed by Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Justin Schwartz, Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims, and Vice Provost of Educational Equity Marcus Whitehurst.

Students affected by this weekend’s violence can reach out to Student Care and Advocacy  and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).

The Penn State Crisis Line is available 24/7 by calling 877-229-6400 or texting “LIONS” to 741741. Bias and harassment can be reported here.

Faculty and staff can utilize the Employee Assistance Program for resources and support.



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