A 43-year-old black male who allegedly shot and killed three and wounded five at Michigan State University on Monday night reportedly had no ties to the school and has since been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound off-campus.
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An announcement concerning the shooting was made by Michigan State University Police and Public Safety early Tuesday, according to Fox News. The five victims who were wounded on campus are still at Sparrow Hospital in critical condition. Three more were cut down and killed… two at Berkey Hall and one at the MSU Union, according to reports.
“This truly has been a nightmare that we are living tonight, but we have remained laser-focused on the safety of our campus, our students, and our surrounding community,” Deputy Chief Chris Rozman stated.
“We have no idea why he came to campus to do this tonight,” he remarked.
He noted that, to his knowledge, the school had not received threats in the preceding days. The suspect was contacted by police prior to killing himself, officials said. Various searches of places in connection to the suspect are ongoing, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The shooting spree commenced at 8:18 pm inside Berkey Hall on the northern boundary of campus. A school-wide shelter-in-place order was sent out at 8:31 pm.
“Run, Hide, Fight,” MSU urged in the alert. “Run means evacuate away from danger if you can do so safely, Hide means to secure in place, and Fight means protect yourself if no other option.”
When the unidentified shooter was done inside Berkey Hall, he calmly walked over to the MSU Union and opened fire according to police.
Berkey Hall is open to the general public and is unlocked during hours when academic classes or activities are going on, officials stated at a news conference. The student union is also open to the public. Neither have key card systems for admission.
Classes at the university have been canceled for the next two days and students have been asked to stay off campus on Tuesday since it is a crime scene.
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Speaking not long before 2 am on Tuesday at a news conference, Interim Michigan State University President Teresa Woodruff said the school would move to emergency operations for the next two days. The time is intended for students, staff, and faculty “to think, grieve and be together” after a “day of shock and heartbreak.”
“We are devastated at the loss of life,” she commented. “Our campus grieves, we will all grieve. We will change over time. We cannot allow this to continue to happen again.”
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“Tonight has been horrific. It’s been horrific for all of the students here and around the region. Schools have been closed. This has affected our whole region, our whole community. It’s affected families, everyone across our community,” Lansing Mayor Andy Schor told reporters during a briefing.
When the shooting took place, hundreds of officers from the FBI, ATF, Michigan State Police, and other law enforcement agencies descended on the campus to assist local officials in securing it.
The FAA implemented temporary flight restrictions over the university’s campus that will go through Wednesday.
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