Tragedy struck the Michigan State University (MSU) community on Monday when a shooting on campus resulted in the deaths of three individuals and left five others injured. The suspect, described as a “short male with a mask,” later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to MSU police.
The motive behind the shooting is still unknown, leaving students and staff on edge as they await further details. In response to the incident, the MSU police advised individuals on campus to “secure-in-place immediately,” while those attending a school board meeting at the East Lansing High School auditorium were locked down and prevented from leaving, as reported by the Lansing State Journal.
The situation remained tense for hours, with the police receiving multiple calls of an active shooter on campus. Eventually, after four long hours, the police confirmed that the lone gunman had died after shooting himself outside the campus. They assured the public that there was no longer a threat to the campus and that the shelter-in-place had been lifted.
Unfortunately, the toll from the shooting is grim, with three individuals losing their lives and five others sustaining injuries, some of which are life-threatening. Interim deputy chief of the campus police department, Chris Rozman, confirmed that the injured individuals were transported to the hospital for medical attention.
Michigan State University is one of the largest universities in the United States, with a student population of around 50,000. The East Lansing campus of MSU, where the shooting occurred, is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.
As the MSU community mourns the loss of the victims and the trauma of the event, the tragedy serves as a chilling reminder of the ongoing problem of gun violence in the United States. The event has sparked renewed discussions around gun control measures, as the country continues to grapple with the devastating consequences of such incidents.