A public safety officer at Savannah State University accidentally fired a gun on campus during a demonstration on Wednesday, sending a bullet through two windows and frightening students who were in a nearby classroom. The bullet from the officer’s .45-caliber Glock went through a window in the building where the Department of Public Safety is housed, then through the window of a classroom, where it lodged in the wall.
The officer was immediately suspended, according to university spokeswoman Loretta Heyward.
Candace Middleton, a 21-year-old computer science technology, was in the classroom when the bullet shot through the window.
“It sounded like the whole window had exploded — shattered,” she said. “We were freaking out. We jumped to the ground and everything, trying to figure out what was going on. … We were looking around for anyone who was out there. We didn’t see anybody. It was pandemonium for a minute.”
Middleton said glass from the window got on one student but that no one was hurt. The professor left to get the campus police after the incident.
“I had to leave the building because I needed to get away from it,” Middleton said. “I went to another building and sat there for a minute. Then I went to my other class.”
The identity of the officer has not been released, Savannah Now reported.
The officer was “demonstrating the nomenclature of the weapon used by Public Safety here at Savannah State” to new officers when the firearm discharged, according to Heyward. “The round should not have been in the gun during the demonstration,” she said. “That is not standard procedure.”