GSU Students react to off campus shooting

STATESBORO, Ga. – (WSAV) A Statesboro neighborhood is a bit calmer after one student living in the area was shot and killed early Wednesday morning.

“His family was notified after that and our investigators were out processing the scene interviewing witnesses,” Jared Akins, the Bulloch County Sheriff, said.

It happened around 2 in the morning when police arrived at the off campus home in the Planters Row complex.

They found 20-year-old Blake Shurling had been shot and killed by his roommate. Police say 20-year-old Coleton Weatherford unintentionally killed Shurling with a shotgun after he had been drinking.

“He was taken into custody at that point in time,” Akins said. “The subsequent interviews have revealed that he did indeed shoot his roommate.””

The news spread around Georgia Southerns campus, but GSU Grad Student Takayla Brown says she couldn’t believe what had happened or that the school didn’t send out an alert.

“I typically receive a text message, so typically it’ll be a text that says whatever happened and where it happened and they give you like a little brief description about it,” Brown said.

School officials say they only send out alerts if students are in imminent danger. Police had already arrived on scene, but Brown says she still would’ve liked a notification.

“Even if it’s like a robbery or a potential armed robbery or they didn’t get anything, we’ll still get a text message about it,” Brown said. “So, it seems like the simpler things we would hear about so I’m shocked that hearing another student died.”

The university sent out a press release that said, “We are saddened to learn of the off campus incident…” Then added, “…our thoughts go out to Shurling’s family and friends.”
Weatherford is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm while intoxicated.

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