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Police and emergency personnel outside of Jobe Hall at Delta State where one person has been killed during a shooting.

The Latest: Official: Delta State shooting suspect not on campus

Delta State history professor Ethan Schmidt

Delta State history professor Ethan Schmidt

A professor was killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, an official said Monday, and the campus remained on lockdown with the shooter still believed to be on the loose.

Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark said history professor Ethan Schmidt was killed inside an office in Jobe Hall. It was not immediately clear if anyone else was wounded.

Schmidt directed the first-year seminar program and specialized in Native American and colonial history, said Don Allan Mitchell, an English professor at the school, who called him “a gentleman in every sense of the word.”

“Dr. Ethan Schmidt was a terrific family man, a good friend, a true son of Peabody, Kansas, and his beloved Emporia State University,” he said.

Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said 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 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.

Freshman Noah Joyner, 18, said he was shaken by the lockdown. Joyner hunkered down in a bathroom of his dorm building and heard others desperate to get in when reports of the active shooter spread.

“There were like people banging on the doors to have somebody let them in,” said Joyner, a swimmer at the college. “It was pretty terrifying to hear people banging on the door.”

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

“Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations,” Mitchell wrote in a Facebook message to The Associated Press. “Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe.”

He said police helicopters were in the air, and officers were sweeping buildings. Later in the day, he said campus buildings were being evacuated.

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.

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 4,000-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

 

Suspect in Gautier shooting maybe be Delta State shooter who killed history professor

According to The Sun Herald, the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Gautier home Monday has been identified as Shannon Lamb, possibly the shooter in an incident that also occurred at Delta State University Monday morning.

Gautier police, in a news conference just after noon, said police believe Lamb, 45, left his home Monday and travelled to Delta State in a green SUV.

Delta State’s website says Lamb works at the university as an instructor in its social science department.

Detective Matt Hoggatt said university police have found a green SUV matching that description.

Hoggatt said Lamb had called police Monday morning, saying there had been a shooting at a house on Santa Cruz Street.

Police and Jackson County Deputy Coroner Deputy Moody gathered at the home to collect evidence. The neighborhood is west of Dolphin Drive.

Police have issued a bulletin for all law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for Lamb.

The dead woman’s identity has not been released.

ORIGINAL STORY ……

A history professor was killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, an official said Monday, and the campus remained on lockdown with the shooter still believed to be on the loose.

Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark said the dead man was in his mid-50s and was killed inside an office in Jobe Hall. He said officials are withholding his name for now.

Police are now reporting the person killed was history professor Ethan Schmidt.

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 said the shooter was spotted near Jobe Hall.

State and local law enforcement agencies have responded.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said a man who is believed to be the shooter was still at large. He said a description of the person was not immediately available.

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

“Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations,” Don Allan Mitchell, an English professor, wrote in a Facebook message to The Associated Press. “Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe.”

He said police helicopters were in the air, and officers were sweeping buildings.

— from staff reports and MBJ wire services

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