The Emergency Management Team sent the following message to the campus community on March 19, 2023. – Ed.

Dear William & Mary Community,

As you are aware, in the early morning hours today Williamsburg Police responded to a shooting near the intersection of Scotland Street and Richmond Road, finding three young men wounded. Our sympathy goes out to those men, who thankfully are expected to recover. None were members of the William & Mary community. Williamsburg Police have since apprehended a suspect.

Though this terrible incident occurred off campus, it is distressing to the entire William & Mary community given its proximity to our campus, to a residence hall and to establishments especially popular among students. Out of an abundance of caution William & Mary Police have established increased patrols on the campus perimeter in the vicinity of Scotland Street and Richmond Road. These increased deterrence measures will continue on weekends through the end of the school year to ensure safety and to reassure students, families and other W&M community members.

Williamsburg Police Department continues to be the agency responding to and investigating this morning’s incident. William & Mary Police issued a TribeAlert this morning to instruct individuals to stay away from the area so that Williamsburg officers could conduct their investigation. If you have additional information about the shooting, please call Williamsburg Police at 757-220-2331 or submit a tip anonymously through Peninsula Crime Stoppers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or online.

Members of the W&M community are encouraged, always, to call the William & Mary Police at 757-221-4596 about any safety concerns or incidents and to call 911 in emergencies. We’d also like to remind you of existing resources that might be helpful as we all focus together on keeping our campus community safe:

Rave Guardian app: Works like an emergency “blue phone” in your pocket and has a number of additional important safety functions. One touch can connect you immediately with W&M Police, or you can send a text or photo tip. 

William & Mary Campus Escort: Offers safe rides anywhere on campus. The mobile app is available in the Google Play and Apple stores.

William & Mary Counseling Center: Offers a range of mental health services to students; call 757-221-3620. Students can also access the TimelyCare app for fast access to counseling. 

Crisis Manager App: Allows you to download the William & Mary Emergency Response Guide to your smartphone and other mobile devices.


Ginger Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06 
Vice President for Student Affairs
Co-Chair, W&M Emergency Management Team

Deborah Cheesebro, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Public Safety 
Chief of W&M Police
Co-Chair, W&M Emergency Management Team