ECU chancellor addresses near-campus shooting that injured employee

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – ECU’s chancellor is sharing his thoughts with the pirate community following Wednesday’s shooting of an employee near campus.

Chancellor Philip Rogers in an email to staff and students thanked the efforts of police for their quick response to the shooting on 5th Street.

Rogers also expressed how grateful he was that the injured employee, identified as Andrew Readyoff, was receiving care at ECU Health Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

“I’m grateful this member of our team is expected to fully recover, but I’m saddened and devastated this happened to one of our colleagues so close to campus and schools. We’ve reached out to the victim’s co-workers to provide support,” Rogers writes.

The chancellor then addresses campus safety for the university.

“Campus safety is a top priority for our institution and surrounding areas, which is why we proactively deploy effective planning and preparation strategies to minimize the possibility of such senseless events occurring. We recognize that these events, whether near our campus or on other university campuses, are troubling and undoubtedly invoke fear and concern. Please know that support is available. For students, reach out to the Center for Counseling & Student Development, which includes crisis support and telehealth. For employees, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program has resources to help faculty and staff members as well as their immediate family members. And remember anyone on campus can use the Mental Health and Wellness button in the LiveSafe app for immediate help,” Rogers says.