EAST LANSING, Mich. — A gunman killed three people and injured five others Monday in a shooting at Michigan State University, authorities said.
Update 8:30 a.m. EST Feb. 14: Authorities identified the person who shot several people at Michigan State University on Monday night as Anthony McRae, 43.
Chris Rozman, interim deputy chief of the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety, said McRae died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he shot several people at the university’s Burkey Hall and one person at the MSU Student Union building.
McRae had no known affiliation to the campus.
“I know everybody wants to know what the motive is — we don’t have an answer right now. That’s the truth,” Rozman said.
Three students died and five others were injured. Denny Martin, chief medical officer at E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, said the wounded remained in critical condition on Tuesday morning.
“Our Spartan community is reeling today,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a news conference on Tuesday. “We mourn the loss of beautiful souls today, and pray for those who are continuing to fight for their lives,”
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Update 1:44 a.m. EST Feb. 14: Michigan State University President Teresa K. Woodruff in a news conference Tuesday said that resources for students and staff will be available around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Woodruff said the campus will be closed for two days for staff and students to process what happened and be able to start healing.
Michigan State University police Interim Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman said the five victims that were taken to the hospital all remain in critical condition. The incident with the suspect happened off campus in the city of Lansing.
Rozeman said that the man is 43 years old and is not in any way affiliated with the university.
Neither a motive nor the name of the suspect has been released.
Update 12:30 a.m. EST Feb. 14: In a news conference early Tuesday morning,Michigan State University police Interim Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman said the suspect was not on campus. He had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Rozman said that there is no longer a threat on campus.
“The suspect has been located off campus. It appears he has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There is no longer a threat to campus and the shelter-in-place has been lifted,” police said on Twitter.
The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call Michigan State University police at 844-99-MSUPD or by email at email@example.com.
Update 11:42 p.m. EST Feb. 13: Michigan State University police on Twitter confirmed that there are three dead after a shooting on campus. This is in addition to five victims who were taken to the hospital.
UPDATE: There are 3 confirmed fatalities. This is in addition to the 5 victims who have been transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/on3iPHhsfK— MSU Police and Public Safety (@msupolice) February 14, 2023
Update 11:22 p.m. EST Feb. 13: Michigan State University police on Twitter released photos of the suspect.
“The suspect is a Black male, shorter in stature, red shoes, jean jacket, wearing a baseball cap that is navy with a lighter brim,” police said.
SUSPECT PHOTOS: The suspect is a Black male, shorter in stature, red shoes, jean jacket, wearing a baseball cap that is navy with a lighter brim. pic.twitter.com/9blppnX5U3— MSU Police and Public Safety (@msupolice) February 14, 2023
Update 11:10 p.m. EST Feb. 13: In a news conference Monday evening, Michigan State University police Interim Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman said that there were at least five victims and some have life-threatening injuries.
Rozman confirms that the shooting began in Berkey Hall on campus and the shooter moved to the Michigan State University student union.
The victims have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
The suspect remains at large. The suspect has been described as a short Black man, Rozman said.
Rozman continues to urge students, employees and others to stay away from campus. Rozman urges anyone on campus to remain sheltered in place until cleared.
Original story: Michigan State University police said on Twitter the suspect is believed to be on foot and that there appears to be one suspect.
Students and staff were ordered to shelter in place by police following a report of shots fired around the East Lansing campus.
Police said multiple people have been reportedly injured in the shootings, according to The Associated Press.
An alert was sent out just after 8:30 p.m. from police reporting a “shots fired incident occurring on or near the East Lansing campus,” according to the AP.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Twitter said that she was briefed about the shooting.
“The Michigan State Police along with Michigan State University police, local law enforcement, and first responders are on the ground. Let’s wrap our arms around the Spartan community tonight. We will keep everyone updated as we learn more,” Whitmer said on Twitter.
The extent of the injuries has not yet been released.
Michigan State University police said that all campus activities have been canceled for 48 hours following the shooting. The campus activities include athletics, classes, and all-campus-related activities.
MSU ALERT: There have been shots fired near Berkey Hall on the East Lansing campus. Please secure-in-place immediately. Police are active on scene. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/xa4KlwXJWN— MSU Police and Public Safety (@msupolice) February 14, 2023
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