MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A student at the University of South Alabama's campus said he is in shock after his neighbor on the Delta 6 dorm was shot and killed by a USA police officer.
According to USA Police, freshman Gil Collar was shot and killed on Saturday, October 6.
Russell Long and Carl Stokley live a few doors down from Collar in the Delta 6 dorm. They remember him as a quiet, laid back person. But they also remember the horror that unfolded over the weekend.
Related: Students question use of force in deadly shooting
On a beautiful Monday morning Long said you would find Collar cruising on his long board.
"He told me I had a nice board and I was like, 'You too,' and we were going to long board to class one day," said Long.
Long had freshman English with Collar. He said he was a "free spirit", and was nice to everyone.
"He was really cool. Never had a beef with anybody," Long said.
Stokley recalled that early Saturday morning, when he saw a group of people running frantically in front of the dorm.
"Some of them weren't wearing clothes, and one was on his phone talking about how his friend couldn't handle it. We were like, 'What's wrong?' and he was like, 'Gil, he couldn't handle it. He's tripping too hard.' And we were like, 'Where is he?' and they were like, 'We don't know, he just ran off,'" Stokley said.
Stokley and a friend began to search for Collar.
"At 1:30 we were walking back toward Delta 6, still looking for him, and everyone's running around and all you hear is one gunshot - and it was super loud," said Stokley.
According to police, that gunshot came from outside the University Police Department.
"All you saw was the whole campus lit up blue with police cars that ran up there," said Stokley.
In a statement released later that same day, the university said Collar was naked and banging on the police department's window. They said an officer tried to calm him down, but Collar kept coming at him.
That's when they said the officer fired a shot. It hit Collar in the chest and killed him.
"The next morning my mom called me and was like, 'Do you know who that was?' And I don't know, that's when we connected it," said Stokley.
The two freshmen don't fault the officer, but said they believe things could have been handled differently.
"Everybody is just kind of shocked, just like, 'Wow.' Everyone is on the same page. They think he should have been tased, should have been maced," said Long.
The university was not available for comment Monday, October 8 about the incident and possible drug use on campus.
Three people are dead after a shooting near the University of South Alabama Tuesday, December 10. Mobile Police tell FOX10 news it is investigating the case as a double homicide and a suicide, which they believe began after a domestic …
The homeowner said she left for several hours to run errands, when she returned there were tire marks in her front yard with part of her door kicked in.
Orange Beach Police say 20-year-old Carlos Garcia, 27-year-old Steven Erickson, and 20-year-old Cody Erickson, were all charged with seven counts of burglary third degree, two counts of theft of property second degree, and four counts of …
Almost three months after the accident that took the life of 48-year-old Sari McKane, the next step in the process to make the site of the crash safer is underway.
State workers were out early, installing the first poles that will hold a …
Voters in Creola have decided not to become part of Saraland. Residents voted against the proposed annexation 536 to 349 with 29 provisional ballots.
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office said deputies are looking for an attempted bank robbery suspect. They said the entered the Bay Bank on Dauphin Island Parkway in Fowl River just before 5 p.m. and handed a note to the teller, demanding …