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Case Study: Campus Shooting

“WITH THIS ONE EVENT WE CERTAINLY GOT OUR MONEY’S WORTH OUT OF SHOTSPOTTER.”

CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF

A late night shooting incident in a popular bar area near a world-class west coast university

was swiftly contained and two suspects apprehended thanks to coordinated efforts by campus and city police, aided by ShotSpotter’s Secure Campus technology. DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY

California

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2:40

A nearby city police officer hears shots fired and then radios dispatch:

“Shots fired. Sounds like it came from the park.”

Officers proceed to the park several blocks from campus.

2:41

Campus police receive a ShotSpotter alert indicating 14 shots fired at a precise location 2 blocks from the park where the city officer mistakenly believes the shooting occurred.

2:41

9 seconds later, another ShotSpotter alert indicates 2 shots fired.

2:41

Campus police radio the correct location.

The actual location is only one block from campus.

2:43

Campus and city police speed to the ShotSpotter alert location in time to collect evidence and interview key witnesses before they disperse.

A campus officer intercepts a suspect with a firearm running from the scene.

Medical personnel treat victims.

Using witness descriptions, police arrest a second suspect within a few hours.

Shotspotter Provided:

  • Gunshot notification in seconds
  • Precise location of near-campus shooting
  • Number of shots fired

Key Outcomes:

  • Police interview witnesses / gather evidence
  • Police arrest suspects
  • Immediate medical attention

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