AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Chaos erupts after shots were fired near The Nine apartment complex on the west campus side of the University of Texas at Austin.
According to the UT Police Department, the Austin Police Department alerted them at 2:30 am on June 8th about this incident on 2500 Leon Street.
Luckily no one was hurt, but it doesn't stop the outcry of parents and students.
"Whose child is it? Whose child is not coming back to them?" Joell McNew said. "We've already lost two students, we have many that have been assaulted. But what is it going to take? How many students need to die before this is addressed?”
McNew is the president of SafeHorns, a private coalition of concerned parents, stakeholders and citizens who push to improve safety and security conditions for the UT community.
"We've been advocating for 4 years now, we haven't seen a response from the city, it is a city area," McNew said. "Does the mayor hear shots fired right outside his front door? I don't think so and if he did it would be addressed."
McNew says SafeHorns is thankful no one was hurt, but she's grateful there was video sent to the organization to bring awareness that campus and off campus housing does have safety issues.
Many students and parents said they were afraid to go on camera because they're afraid for their safety. Jeff, the parent of a UT senior, gave a statement:
“It is unacceptable to continue to have criminal activity in the West Campus area without some action being taken by the area apartment complexes. There have been two shooting incidents outside of The Block on Leon which is operated by American Campus Communities. As concerned parents we have asked for a stepped up security presence so that our students feel safe. There have been incidents of students being harassed outside the complex by groups of non-students who appear to be engaging in criminal activity. This has to stop. The Austin PD is aware of the situation but as much as each student pays in rent there should be a more visible security response from American Campus Communities. Especially on the weekends.”
"I mean, it's unreal. It does not look like Austin, Texas," McNew said. "It doesn't look like the University of Texas at Austin student housing. I mean these are students 18 to 24 years old."