The Catholic University of America

Office of the President

Washington, DC 20064


Sept. 2, 2003


Statement Regarding Shots Fired on South Campus


To The Campus Community:


At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, several shots were fired from a moving car in the vicinity of Conaty Hall, a student residence hall on the south end of CUA’s campus, located at Michigan Ave. and Monroe St., N.E. Two bullets entered the building – one into a student residence room, another into an office. No one was injured.


Immediately after the incident, officers from the Department of Public Safety and the Metropolitan Police Department responded and began an investigation.


The university’s staff from the Office of Housing and Residential Services and the Office of Campus Ministry went to Conaty Hall immediately after the shooting to offer their support to students.


This morning, at 9:30 a.m., I convened a meeting of the Emergency Council, a body of senior university administrators charged with addressing situations related to the university’s security and safety.  Following the meeting, I went to the site to assess damage and consider appropriate strategies.


Based on the Council’s recommendations, I directed university administrators and staff to take the following measures:







Preliminary indications are that this was a random shooting and thus far it is being classified as felony destruction of property. Police have a good description of the vehicle – a large, older model, two-door gold-colored auto, with a white top and gold chrome rims. An active ongoing investigation is under way to apprehend the perpetrators. I am hopeful that the unusual characteristics of the vehicle will facilitate the process.


Please be assured that the safety and security of members of the CUA community – and most especially our students – is uppermost in my mind and in the minds of those who are here to serve our students. We have and always shall take all prudent steps to maximize the safety of our students.


Parents should contact their daughters and/or sons for the most up-to-date information about the incident. As new developments warrant, the university administration will provide updates via the CUA Web site.


Sincerely yours,


Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.