Faulkner University was placed on lockdown around noon when security officers learned that a female employee was shot on campus.
"Our investigation indicates that this is domestic related," said Denise Barnes with Montgomery Police Department.
The woman, who was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries, is a maintenance worker for the university.
Saul Calderon-Zavala is a student and says he saw the shooting.
"Heard a shot, glanced over, I saw a tall man with a red shirt. Immediately popped. That's the one thing I remember. Red shirt, black pants, there was a woman on the floor, more gunshots. She tried running away and she was just shot more. And he got into his car and drove off," said Calderon.
That's when police caught the man on Atlanta Highway, at the entrance to the university.
Those at Faulkner University plan to lean on their Christian faith to cope with the shooting.
"That's where I think a small faith based institution like Faulkner comes into play. Probably one of the first things we will do in addition to counseling that is already happening as we speak, we have daily chapel. So tomorrow's chapel program, I can assure you there will be some time to talk through this," said John Noel Thompson, the univeristy's vice president of student affairs.
All 2,000 students and faculty members were alerted via text message and email through a system called Eagle Alert. Calderon still feels safe on campus, especially with the quick response.
"I think this Eagle Alert helps a lot, it keeps people alert. It helped me know what was really happening as I tried to absorb what was going on," said Calderon.
The victim is now in stable condition. The suspect is being charged with attempted murder.