West Lafayette finds ‘significant deficiencies’ in high-rise security after shooting

The city of West Lafayette is demanding action after a shooting at The Hub on Campus.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 12:24 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 4:29 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette leaders are ready to take what they call "aggressive action" after a shooting at The Hub on Campus.

Mayor John Dennis said the city will be meeting the Hub management team to discuss its security issues.

According to Dennis, police found "significant deficiencies" with security. He said there was easy access to areas that were supposed to be secured. This includes the rooftop pool area, which is where the shooting happened on Sunday morning.

Mayor Dennis said there are no excuses for what happened.

“There's no excuse for having a pool open in the middle of the night, there's no excuse for not having doors secured so that anybody can come and go and use the facility as they please and more importantly, when you're dealing with this particular age demographic, it's imperative that they're aware of the rules and they abide by the rules,” said Dennis.

This isn't the first time the city is addressing issues at the Hub. The Mayor believes the security issues stem from the Hub management rushing to open before it was ready.

“This last event was sort of the straw that broke the camel's back,” said Dennis. “We're going to have a meeting with management later this week and our intention is to make sure that they are acutely aware of the situation that caused this and they will take immediate and aggressive action to remedy that.”

As we've reported, the Hub was forced to delay its move-in day for students due to not meeting code requirements on time. The Mayor has been working with Hub management to make sure students are compensated for the week delay to move in as the Hub management promised.

Mayor Dennis said the conversation will include addressing better security for access inside and outside the building, having management and security people on-site and making sure there is controlled access to the apartment’s secured areas like the rooftop pool.

It’s unclear how the people involved in the shooting were able to get up to the rooftop pool at this time.

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