1 dead after shooting at Delta State in Miss., Employee is person of interest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The latest on a shooting at Delta State University that left a professor dead (all times local):

2:38 p.m.

Police say they are searching for a university employee in connection with the slaying of a Delta State University professor on the Mississippi campus.

Cleveland Police Chief Charles “Buster” Bingham said during a news conference Monday that authorities have identified Shannon Lamb as a “person of interest” in the shooting of history professor Ethan Schmidt.

Investigators also say they have information suggesting Lamb may have been involved in another slaying in the south Mississippi city of Gautier, about 300 miles away.

Gautier police spokesman Matthew Hoggatt told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1gmKAle) that a woman was found dead in her home, and that Lamb is the suspect in her death.

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1:08 p.m.

The professor killed in his office at a university in Mississippi has been identified as Ethan Schmidt, who worked in the history department.

Murray Roark, deputy coroner in Bolivar County, says Schmidt was killed in his office Monday at Delta State University.

The suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified and remains at large. However, Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, says the suspect is no longer believed to be on the campus.

He would not say how investigators reached that conclusion or say where the suspect is believed to be.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

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1:01 p.m.

Authorities say they believe the suspect in the shooting of a university professor in Mississippi is no longer on the campus.

Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, says the suspect is no longer believed to be on the Delta State University campus. He did not immediately elaborate, and it was not clear how investigators reached that conclusion. The suspect’s possible whereabouts also were not immediately clear.

Meanwhile, investigators have been sweeping buildings on campus to look for the suspect, who officials say killed a professor in his office. The officer has not been identified.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

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12:41 p.m.

Authorities are sweeping buildings at a college in Mississippi where a professor was killed, searching for the shooter who remains at large.

Bill Hays, an English professor at Delta State University, says a SWAT team checked his office Monday while looking for the shooter. Another professor, Don Allan Mitchell, says officers were sweeping buildings as helicopters circled overhead.

The campus remains on lockdown with the shooter on the loose.

Murray Roark, a deputy coroner in Bolivar County, says the professor killed Monday was a white man in his 50s. He would not identify the professor, who was killed in an office inside Jobe Hall.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

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11:53 a.m.

An official says a professor has been shot and killed inside an office at Delta State University in Mississippi.

Murray Roark, a deputy coroner in Bolivar County, says the professor killed Monday was a white man in his 50s. He would not identify the professor, who was killed in an office inside Jobe Hall.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish also declined to identify the dead person, saying it was still an “active situation.” It’s unclear whether anyone else is wounded.

The school was placed on lockdown when the shooting was first reported Monday. Students, faculty and staff were told to take shelter and stay away from windows.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

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10:43 a.m.

An official says one person has died following a shooting at Delta State University, and the campus remains on lockdown after reports of an active shooter.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish said Monday she was not yet able to identify the dead person, saying it was still an “active situation.” It’s unclear whether anyone else is injured.

The lockdown began about 10:45 a.m. local time, with the university advising students, faculty and staff to take shelter and stay away from windows.

The university’s Twitter account says the shooter was spotted near Jobe Hall.

State and local law enforcement agencies have responded.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

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10:13 a.m.

Delta State University officials say they have locked down their campus after there were reports of an active shooter on campus.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish confirmed that the lock down began Monday morning and that students, faculty and staff are being advised to take shelter.

The university’s Twitter account says the active shooter was spotted near Jobe Hall.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

 

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