BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Homecoming week at Southern University has begun, but students are hesitant to come to campus after nine people were shot early Friday morning.

“I was in the back and the shots happened in the front towards the stage,” said Southern University sophomore Kristen Harrison. “All I know is they say they started fighting in the front and people trying to like stop it and calm it down so we can continue partying and then shots happened and stuff.”

Despite the violent evening, the campus is going forward with homecoming events.

“We want to ensure the family and friends and community that we have safety measures in place,” Southern University Police Department Captain Harold Williams said.

Williams says the police department was preparing to bring in extra support for the game and will not be increasing security measures in response to the shooting.

“We already had prepared for a large crowd,” Williams said.

“It makes me anxious to come on campus but more so just kind of anxious to know that we still have students that’s on this campus that can be hurt when we are in a safe environment,” said Southern University student Joseph McAllister.

Harrison says she feels safe being at school events but might take a break from parties.

“Until I feel safe and comfortable to feel like I can go out and enjoy my time and not have to run for my life and think like oh if I go here I might not come back,” said Harrison.