At least three killed in Michigan State University shooting
Another shooting claims the lives of three civilians in the State of Michigan on Monday.
The latest incident in the series of shooting sprees in the US happened on Monday at Michigan State University, on the eve of the five-year anniversary of the Parkland High School shooting, which killed 17 people, mostly students.
An unidentified gunman killed at least three people on the Michigan State University campus, according to university police.
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Interim Deputy Chief Chris Rozman previously confirmed that five people were injured in two shootings carried out by the attacker, adding that "some" of the gunshot victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
The gunman presently remains at large and has been described by police as a "short male with a mask" who evaded police on foot. Officials indicated it "appears there is only one suspect at this time."
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
The interim deputy chief has stated that the gunman's surveillance footage will be made public.
Officials had previously stated that first responders had transported the injured to the nearby Sparrow Hospital and that seven common areas across campus had been secured.
Shooting at Michigan State University: Current scene in East Lansing, with a shooter still at large and at least one killed in a shooting tonight on campus pic.twitter.com/IgvpPkBpnp— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) February 14, 2023
The shooting was first reported at around 8:18 p.m. local time, and a notice was issued to MSU students around 8:30 p.m. local time urging them to "run, hide, fight."
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“Run means evacuate away from danger if you can do so safely," the alert issued by officials read. "Hide means to secure in place, and Fight means to protect yourself if you have no other option."
Multiple police cruisers racing to the campus have been captured on video, as have officials' efforts to secure the campus.
This video was sent to me by a friend. Police making a valiant effort to secure a chaotic situation. #MichiganState pic.twitter.com/ZWgQnbfE8l— Russell Jakubowski (@RussJakubowski) February 14, 2023
MORE: Local law enforcement from Metro Detroit looking at how to help police in East Lansing after multiple people are shot on the campus of #MSU pic.twitter.com/eoETBRdvWW— Roop Raj (@rooprajfox2) February 14, 2023
Local media reported that Michigan State Police troopers were seen on campus with rifles, instructing students to stay indoors and away from windows. The campus, at 5,200 acres, is one of the largest in the United States.
East Lansing has also issued a shelter-in-place order to the rest of the community. Agents from the FBI's Detroit field office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are on the scene.
On another note, the latest shooting happened last month on January 31, ten people were injured, including two in critical condition, in a drive-by shooting in Lakeland, Florida, police confirmed.
Police chief Sam Taylor said the shooting happened around 3:43 pm when people opened fire from both sides of a dark blue Nissan sedan.
A few days before, US police reported that at least one person was murdered and three others were injured, including a 2-year-old toddler in a shooting in Baltimore on January 29.
Police suspect that a gunman or gunmen opened fire, but they are unsure whether the intended targets were persons in vehicles or civilians on the sidewalk.