Midwest City, OK – A 20-year-old man was shot to death by another student’s husband on the campus of Rose State College on Monday, according to police.
The attack occurred on the south side of the campus mall near the humanities building at approximately 12:15 p.m. on April 24, KWTV reported.
The university sent out a notification over Twitter about an active shooter minutes later.
“ROSE ALERT: We are currently experiencing an active shooter situation on campus,” the message read. “Please shelter in place and follow instructions from law enforcement officials. The shooter is in custody and police are on scene.”
Midwest City Police Department (MCPD) Chief Sid Porter said his office received a call that someone had been shot on campus and they immediately responded to the scene, The Oklahoman reported.
Chief Porter said investigators later determined the victim, a 20-year-old man, was walking out of a building with a woman when he was confronted by the woman’s husband, 30-year-old Brandon Morrissette, according to KTUL.
Police said Morrissette shot the 20-year-old man, who ultimately succumbed to his wounds at the scene.
Witnesses and friends of the victim identified him as RJ Long, KWTV reported.
‼️ROSE ALERT: We are currently experiencing an active shooter situation on campus. Please shelter in place and follow instructions from law enforcement officials. The shooter is in custody and police are on scene. More updates to follow. ‼️ pic.twitter.com/UDDosM8l0S
— Rose State College (@RoseState) April 24, 2023
“[Officers] confronted a subject with a gun, they ordered him to drop the gun, which he did, and they took him into custody,” Chief Porter later confirmed, according to The Oklahoman.
Nineteen-year-old Kevin McCormack and his friend said they were on their way to class when the gunfire erupted.
“We watch one guy go down as another irate man — he was saying something, but we couldn’t quite understand what he was saying — and a female was trying to grab him and just calm him down,” McCormack told The Oklahoman. “It was about eight shots we heard while we were running inside buildings calling to people ‘Get inside, get inside!'”
He said he then called 911.
Active shooter at Rose State College#breaking #rosestatecollege pic.twitter.com/YEGygwuzU7
— Crime With Bobby (@crimewithbobby) April 24, 2023
The response from police and the school was nearly immediate.
“They were fast,” McCormack told The Oklahoman. “We were inside of the room and then suddenly got the alert, and this is like a two-minute timer. It was a ridiculously fast thing, so I don’t know if it was like a bank panic button, but it was effective. I have a lot of faith in Rose.”
Rose State College cancelled all classes for Monday and Tuesday, KWTV reported.
“Our top priority at this time is the well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” the school said in a statement. “We understand that this event has been deeply distressing for our community, and we are currently working to coordinate counseling services for those in need. We will be alerting our students, faculty and staff as soon as those services become available.”
The university said it is thankful for the swift law enforcement response, KWTV reported.
“We want to thank the Midwest City Police Department and other first responders for their quick and professional response during today’s incident on campus,” Rose State College said.
ROSE STATE ALERT: All buildings are clear; lockdown has ended. Please exit the campus. Please avoid the area south of Humanities and Administration Building. All activities and classes for the remainder of Monday, April 24 are cancelled. pic.twitter.com/nvU1RalzTM
— Rose State College (@RoseState) April 24, 2023
Chief Porter said the first officers arrived at the scene approximately one minute after the first call came in, KTUL reported.
He said the school had an active shooter drill weeks earlier and he credited school staff for handling the situation exactly as they had practiced.
“Things got locked down really quick,” Chief Porter said, according to KTUL. “I just think they did a fantastic job listening to the school and everybody staying down and not panicking because we didn’t know what was going on.”
Morrissette was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a first-degree murder charge, CNN reported.
NEW DETAILS: Midwest City Police just released further information on this afternoon’s deadly active shooter on Rose State College’s campus. The shooter, Brandon Morrisette killed a 20yo he believed was having an affair with his wife. @kfor pic.twitter.com/iJz8iqd8We
— Kaylee Olivas 📺 (@kayleeolivastv) April 25, 2023
According to court documents, Morrissette’s wife told investigators her husband believed she and her 20-year-old classmate were having an affair, KWTV reported.
The woman said it “was not true and they were just friendly classmates,” according to police.