WKU student fatally shot on Sunday morning

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Cameron Coyle, Emma Collins

A WKU student was fatally shot early Sunday morning less than one mile from campus, according to the Bowling Green Police Department.

Officer Ronnie Ward, BGPD public information officer, said the victim was Kenneth “Alex” Davis, 21. Davis was shot by WKU student Peter G. Gall, 21, early Sunday morning on the 1600 block of Kenton Street.

Charley Pride, director of student activities, said Davis was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at WKU. Pride said he didn’t have enough information about the incident to give further comments at the time.

Gall called the police department at 12:09 a.m. and reported he had shot someone, according to Gall’s arrest citation. The citation also stated that when police arrived, Davis was found bleeding on the floor.

Gall was arrested at 1:37 a.m., and was transported to the Warren County Regional Jail.

On Sunday afternoon, Ward confirmed Gall had been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Gall was also arrested in August of 2016 for a first and second offense of alcohol intoxication in a public place. Alcohol was listed on the citation as being involved in the incident Sunday morning.

Gall’s attorney, Alan Simpson, spoke with WBKO on Sunday, saying that Gall and Davis were “roommates and very good friends if not best friends.”

“Mr. Gall and Mr. Davis and several other young men were horsing around, a gun was brought out and accidentally discharged, causing the death of Mr. Davis,” Simpson said.

Simpson also said the shooting “was an accident, this was not an intentional shooting.”

On Tuesday morning, president Timothy Caboni sent an email to all WKU students, calling the shooting and death of Davis “a tragic event.” 

“Our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this loss,” Caboni’s email said. “Staff in Student Affairs have been in touch with these students and their families to offer counseling services and other assistance and will continue to provide support as needed.”

Caboni asked students to remember “that we are a family,” and asked students to “support and take care of one another.”

“Please be smart, stay safe, and look out for one another,” Caboni wrote. 

He also informed students of counseling services available to students through the Counseling and Testing Center. Professionals in the Counseling and Testing Center, located in Potter Hall, can be reached at 270-745-3159 or at wku.edu/heretohelp.

Gall had pledged Sigma Chi at one time, but was never initiated, according to Pride. Pride said he “cannot confirm why he didn’t get initiated.”

The WKU chapter of Sigma Chi was contacted for comment, but did not immediately respond. The fraternity tweeted on Sunday that Davis had died and that his “smile and humorous personality will last forever.”

The WKU Greeks Twitter account also tweeted about Davis’ death, saying “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sigma Chi at this time.”

Davis’ sister, Emily Davis, also tweeted about the incident on Sunday.

“I know my brother was thankful for all the friendships he had made,” her tweet reads. “He lived a good life. It was just cut way too short.”

Ward said detectives are still working on the case, and it may be several days before more information is known.

Reporter Cameron Coyle can be reached at 270-745-6011 or [email protected]. Reporter Emma Collins can be reached at 270-745-6011 or [email protected].