Michigan State University Shooting Leaves 3 Dead and 5 Injured
On Monday night, Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus experienced a tragedy that shook the community. A shooting at multiple locations on campus has left three people dead and five others injured. The suspect is also dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to MSU Police and Public Safety.
Shooting at Multiple Locations on Campus
Police received 911 calls of shots fired at Berkey Hall at 8:18 p.m. When they arrived, they found “several” victims at the location. As they were responding, they received another report of a shooting and made their way to the MSU Union building, where they found other victims, according to Interim Deputy Chief Chris Rozman of MSU Public Safety.
At this time, authorities are still working to identify the shooter and establish a motive. Rozman said, “This is still a fluid situation. There are several different crime scenes that we’re processing with our state and federal partners, and still a lot of work that needs to be done.”
Multiple Victims Transported to Hospital
The victims were transported to a hospital, and some have life-threatening injuries after Michigan State University Shooting. Sparrow Hospital Communications Director John Foren confirmed to ABC News that the hospital received five patients from the shooting. Foren did not have an update on their conditions but said they’re not expecting any more patients.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released. Two of the fatalities were at Berkey Hall, and one was at the MSU Union building.
No Longer a Threat on Campus
MSU Police and Public Safety have assured the community that there is no longer a threat on campus because of Michigan State University Shooting, and the shelter-in-place order has been lifted. Students and faculty have been advised not to come to campus on Tuesday, and campus activities, including classes and athletics, have been canceled for 48 hours.
The City of East Lansing also tweeted that community members should shelter in place. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Detroit division and FBI are on the scene.
Reaction to the Shooting
The Michigan State University Shooting has sparked an outpouring of grief and shock on social media, with many expressing their condolences for the victims and their families.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been briefed on the Michigan State University Shooting and tweeted her support for the Spartan community. She said, “The Michigan State Police along with @msupolice, 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.”
The Gun Violence Archive has classified this incident as the 67th mass shooting of 2023. It’s another sobering reminder of the ongoing gun violence problem in the United States.
In the wake of the shooting, the Michigan State University community has come together to support one another. The university has provided resources for students, faculty, and staff who may be struggling in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Counseling services are available for students, and the Employee Assistance Program is available for faculty and staff. The university has also set up a crisis hotline for those in need of support.
The Michigan State University Shooting is a tragedy that has affected the entire community. As the investigation continues, we extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We also call on our elected officials to take action to address the ongoing gun violence problem in the United States. It’s time for real change to ensure tragedies like this never happen again.