The shooter who spread panic by murdering three people and injuring five others on the Michigan State University Campus, MSU, on Monday night was found dead.
His body was found after several hours of manhunt. The police authorities have not been able to identify the shooter. He was having a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found near Lake Lansing and Larch roads.
The injured were transported to the E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. The shooter conducted violence at two spots in the university.
The students of the university were asked to run to hide and to fight.
Chris Rozman, the interim deputy chief of MSU police said that the force was doing everything it could to ensure the safety of the campus and the students. He asked the students to keep their distance from the campus and to let the authorities carry on with the search for the shooter.
The students of the university posted updates on their social media platforms according to which many of them were either hiding or barricaded. A student representative said that the incident was tragic and they were still recovering from the shock.
Police stated that as the shooter had been found dead there no longer exists a need for panic. The police force does no more believe that there was a threat and added that there is no need to shelter in place.
As per the reports available from Michigan State University, the firings took place at 8:18 pm inside Berkey Hall, the northern boundary of the campus situated in East Lansing. The victims of the shooting were found inside Berkey Hall. Shooting scenes also took place near the MSU Union.
The police said that there was another possible shooting in IM East at 9:26 pm. This statement was immediately rectified by the force that confirmed that the shooting took place only at Berkey Hall and MSU Union.
The MSU police later reported that the force has cleared and ensured the security of Berkey Hall, MSU Union, Brody Hall, Mason Hall, Landon Hall, Snyder/Phillips Hall, and Abbot Hall as of 10:10 pm.
The police officers visited both crime scenes and took statements from the witnesses of both scenes.
The initial police reports said that a total of five people were hurt as a result of the shooting. The news of the death of three people was informed later. However, the police have not verified the whereabouts of the victims, as to whether the deceased ones happen to be students of the university or not.
MSU police interim Deputy Chief Rozman had arranged a press conference at 11 pm. It was understood from the press conference that multiple fake reports were on spread regarding the shooting and about the suspect being spotted at several locations.
As of the video clippings available from the university campus, the shooter was recorded getting out of the MSU Union through the northern side of the building. He was walking on foot
The MSU police tweeted an alert news in the MSU Police and Public Safety, their official Twitter handle, that there have been shots fired near Berkey Hall on the East Lansing Campus.
The tweet continued to inform that police were already active on the scene and instructed to immediately secure in places.
Jordan Robinson, an alumnus of the university who resides in the area said that he received an alert from the university police about the shooting. He added that he was sheltered with his roommates in his apartment. He expressed concern and said that the situation was terrific and nobody has an idea of what was going in around them.
Michael Bouchard, the Oakland County Sheriff reported of sending support to East Lansing. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Detriot also reported of sending support.
Gretchen Whitmer, the Governor of Michigan posted on his Twitter account that he had been briefed on the shooting at MSU. He added that the Michigan State Police along with the MSU police local law enforcement and the first responders were working on the ground.
According to the statements from the MSU police, all campus activities including classes, athletics, swimming, and other campus-related activities would remain canceled for the next 48 hours.
The students of the university were asked to not report to the campus on Monday. The parents and guardians of the students of the East Lansing Public School got a notification from the school that the K-12 schools of the district were to remain closed on Tuesday.
A Detroit FBI special agent James Tarasca stated that it would take more than one day for the investigators o assess the situation and to report what had happened.