TAMPA, Fla. — As Calvin Ashley slept at home early Sunday, the worst mass shooting in United States history happened in his hometown of Orlando, Fla.
A gunman opened fire inside a downtown nightclub and killed at least 50 people, according to reports. Another 53 people were injured in the shooting.
Ashley, an Auburn commit, received more than a dozen calls after the news broke.
“I woke up to a bunch of phone calls from people asking me if I was safe,” Ashley said. “I got about 15 calls and then I turned on the TV. I was devastated.”
The five-star offensive tackle traveled to Tampa on Sunday for a satellite camp and then will head on a bus tour to visit several colleges. Ashley said he’ll be thinking about Orlando while on the road.
“This shooting hit home for me,” he said. “It was a horrible feeling. Some people think Orlando is safe because of Disney (World), but it’s not. There’s a lot that goes on and it can get real dangerous when you’re in a big city.
“You never know what kind of people you’ll come across. It just goes to show you that you’re not safe anywhere. You just got to stay in the house and do you, to be honest. It’s sad but true.”
Ashley is all too familiar with the area where the shooting took place.
“I’ve walked down the street that it happened on,” he said. “I love downtown Orlando. A lot of people come there to have fun, so for that to happen to people is just really, really messed up. I’m praying for everybody involved.”