North Lake College victim and gunman identified as witnesses share horror of campus shooting

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IRVING - The young woman killed in a murder-suicide at North Lake College has been identified, as has her killer.

Irving police say Janeera Nickol Gonzalez, 20, was in the college's C Building, the Science Building, when she was shot and killed by 21-year-old Adrian Victor Torres, sending the campus into lock-down late in the morning of May 3.

"I saw a lot of students just running outside so I was like, 'What the heck? What's going on?' But I didn't think much of it, so I just ran with them," a student named Sumaiya said.

At 11:43 a.m., those on campus either evacuated or sheltered in place as the Dallas County Community College Alert system notified students and staff. People not on campus were warned to stay clear as Irving Police and North Lake College Police moved in.

But those on campus who heard gunshots and saw the shooter already knew something was wrong.

"At first, I thought, 'Maybe it's a joke,' but then I said, 'No, it cannot be a joke. It's too loud,'" math tutor Nasrin Nanbakhsh said. "I saw a girl sitting in a chair and a guy standing in front of her and shoot her three times," Nanbakhsh said. "It was for first time in my life I saw something like this."

"We just heard three loud bangs. You know, like, 'Bang, bang, bang' and I was like, 'That had to be a gun," student Zachary Svensson said. "This girl came running and crying and she said, 'Y'all need to hide. Y'all need to get down.'"

"When they made the announcement, it was like, 'There's an active shooter in the building,' like, 'This is not a drill.' That was really the scariest part, because there was so much uncertainty and the guy who made the announcement kind of had this shaky voice so we were like, 'What is going on right now?'" student Andy Harp said.

"That's when we kind of froze. Our teacher locked the doors, and we just got in the dark, and we were just hiding. We didn't know what was going on or anything," student Sabina Gonzalez said.

An hour into the search, police found Torres' body inside a locker room shower stall. Investigators say his wound appears to be self-inflicted.

"All those high school trainings -- and especially middle school -- about lock-downs really did help today, helped us to remain calm. You know what to do," student Karla Ramirez said.

"You never know when something like this is going to happen until it happens to you. I mean, you go through life not knowing if anything is going to happen or which day is going to be your last and, I mean, this could have been my last day for all we knew. I was so close, but that was just what was going through my mind," student Tony Oslovar said.

A page has been set up to help Janeera's family with funeral expenses.

"This is an emotional time for the North Lake family. We're heartbroken that such a tragedy has occurred on campus. We will address any needs for counseling on campus as soon as we re-open," North Lake College president Dr. Christa Slejko said in a statement.

North Lake College will be closed until Monday, May 8.

At 11:43 a.m. May 3, the Dallas County Community College alert system sent warnings via social media for everyone on campus to go to the nearest room and lock-down. Those not on campus were warned to stay clear.



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