Auburn Students: Party Scene "Won’t Change" After Shootings


By Heather VacLav

It's been nearly a week since three people were killed and another three injured at an off-campus party shooting in Auburn. According to members of the Auburn community, this weekend will be business as usual. Many Auburn University students said last weekend’s shooting is not stopping them from going out and having a good time.

“The party scene is still going, it’s Auburn,” said Andrew McCaslin, an Auburn student living in the city over the summer.
McCaslin believes he and hundreds of other Auburn students and residents are not dwelling over, what the Auburn Mayor says is the worst shooting in Auburn’s history.
“I was at a party when the shootings were happening,” McCaslin said. “I mean it’s a tragedy but people are still going to live their lives.”
And by living their lives, McCaslin means going out to the bars and throwing parties around campus.
“I don’t think things will super different,” said Keri Spurlin, an Auburn resident and Auburn graduate. “I hope it does let people know things happen and you have to be very careful.”
Most people say they feel like Auburn is just as safe as before the mass shooting. Spurlin says she is not worried about her safety because the shooting was an isolated incident.
“Sometimes things just happen no matter where you are, it’s just wrong place wrong time,” she said.
It seemed to be the general consensus around Auburn: this weekend nothing will be different.
“People will be very cautious,” said Extaviouse Dowell, who was born and raised in Auburn. “But I really don’t think it will change anything.”
Many of Auburn's downtown bars agree with their customers and neighbors, they don’t think the shootings will affect business, because Auburn’s parties are not limited to house or apartments.
“I don’t think anything has fundamentally changed in Auburn, I think it’s just a senseless act of violence,” said Matthew Nunnally, a bartender at Quixotes Bar.
While most people say Auburn is not known as a "party town," they believe Saturday night will just be another summer night in Auburn.
“I think everybody is pretty much over it, I think most people are going to be in town to watch the game probably, the finals,” Nunnally said.
It is also the same routine for the Auburn Police Division. Chief Tommy Dawson told CBS-8 News officers will not be doing anything different and will stick to their normal patrol.
Meanwhile, funeral services for Ed Christian, one of Auburn's former football players who was killed last week, will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at J.E. Mathis Municipal Auditorium in Valdosta, Georgia. yes;">