Eyewitnesses describe the scene
Reported and compiled by Chronicle News Group staff through in-person and phone interviews
Zack Seward and Shane Pope
Students Zack Seward and Shane Pope were sitting near the back of the classroom when the gunman entered through a side door that entered onto the stage at the front of the room, they said.
Pope, a 21-year-old junior studying finance, saw teaching assistant Joe Petersen duck, “but that was all I saw,” he said.
As he ran from the building, he didn't know where to turn, Pope said. Some of the injured students ran to the nearby Neptune East residence hall and the Holmes Student Center, leaving a visible blood trail on the sidewalk.
Pope said the shooter “came in the side stage door on the stage where the teacher was talking and