As law officials flooded the main campus in East Lansing in search of a lone suspect on Monday night, a shooter opened fire at Michigan State University, leaving at least three people dead and five more injured, according to authorities.
There was little confirmed information concerning the shooting at the time of writing, however, Chris Rozman, the acting deputy chief of the university police, claimed that shots were fired at the Berkey Hall academic building and the Michigan State University Union building.
Three hours after the shooting, which started just after 8 p.m. Eastern time, Rozman informed reporters at a televised late-night briefing that victims had been discovered at both locations.
A short while later, MSU police tweeted an update reporting that at least three more people had died. He confirmed that at least five patients had been taken to the hospital, some of them with injuries that may have been fatal.
Police cleared and guarded numerous university buildings hours after the first shots were fired as they searched the campus for potential further victims and a single suspect.
.Authorities advised people in the nearby off-campus neighborhoods of East Lansing, which is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Detroit, to “shelter in place” while the manhunt went on.
The suspect was last seen running away from the MSU Union building on foot, Rozman said. The suspect was initially described as a short individual wearing a mask.
MSU is a significant public university with 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students on its main campus in East Lansing. Monday night, university police announced that all classes and campus events would be postponed for the following 48 hours.
The violence on Monday night occurred around 14 months after a fatal mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County, Michigan, some 80 miles east of East Lansing, in which a 15-year-old student opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol on Nov. 30, 2021.
The bloodiest school shooting in the United States that year resulted in the deaths of four classmates, six additional students, and a teacher.
Authorities claimed that despite showing signs of emotional instability, the adolescent suspect, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, used a revolver his parents gave him for Christmas. In this case, involuntary manslaughter was alleged against both parents.
Gretchen Whitmer, the governor, tweeted that she was receiving information about the incident in East Lansing.