Three people were killed and five others were injured when a shooter opened fire at Michigan State University, prompting a manhunt that lasted for several hours as terrified students took refuge in classrooms and vehicles. Early Tuesday morning, authorities reported that the shooter had committed suicide.
The 43-year-old guy, who was not identified immediately, targeted the university for reasons that are still unknown. According to campus security, he had no formal ties to the school and was therefore not a student or employee. Monday night’s gunfire began in a classroom building and spread to the adjoining student union, a hub for students to dine and socialize.
Students hid anywhere they could while hundreds of officers searched the East Lansing campus, which is located roughly 145 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Detroit. About four hours after the initial report of gunfire, authorities confirmed the man had been killed. Chris Rozman, the acting deputy chief of the campus police department, said, “This truly has been a nightmare we’re living today.”
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Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Kunkel was in the Engineering Building for a lesson when he got word of the shooting from a school email. According to Kunkel, he and a group of approximately 13 other students shut off the lights and pretended there was a shooter in the building. For at than four hours, “nothing came out of anyone’s mouth,” he added.
I wasn’t ready to comprehend that this was happening next door, Kunkel admitted. Studying and grow here and becoming a better person are one of my goals for coming here. Meanwhile, injuries among students continue to rise. This new year has already become the deadliest on record in the United States, and the shooting at Michigan State is only the latest example.
In California, 11 people were slain while celebrating the Lunar New Year at a dance club frequented by older Asian Americans; this was one of the dozens of mass shootings that have taken place so far in 2023. According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2022 there were over 600 mass shootings in the United States with four or more people killed or injured. “This is a distinctively American problem,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said.
Rozman, a campus police officer, said that two persons had been killed in Berkey Hall and one in the MSU Union, with five others taken to Sparrow Hospital in critical condition. After being approached by police, the shooter “self-inflicted a gunshot wound,” according to Rozman. We don’t know what brought him to campus tonight. The deputy chief stated that “it is part of our ongoing investigation.”
During his walk to the dorms, Ted Zimbo allegedly saw a woman with a “lot of blood on her.” Zimbo told The Associated Press, “She informed me, ‘Someone came in our classroom and started firing.'” “Blood oozed from every pore of her hands. Both her jeans and her shoes were stained. When asked who the blood belonged to, she replied, “My friend.”
According to Zimbo, while she went to get a friend’s car, he went back to the SUV and hid under a blanket for three hours. Kim Adams, a meteorologist for WDIV-TV whose daughter goes to Michigan State, said to viewers that the manhunt had worn down students.
They’ve been in there with the lights out,” Adams added. Just in case, junior Aedan Kelley said he locked his doors and covered his windows. Kelley lives less than a kilometer from campus. The sirens never stopped, and a helicopter circled constantly in the sky. It’s all extremely scary,” Kelley remarked. It’s overwhelming, and then I get texts from everyone asking if I’m all right.
Roughly half a hundred thousand students enroll each year at Michigan State, with about nineteen thousand choosing to reside on campus. For the next two days, there will be no school or extracurricular activities. In her capacity as interim president, Teresa Woodruff characterized the event as an opportunity “to contemplate and weep and come together.” Woodruff predicted that the Spartan community, “this family,” will reunite. Kusmer wrote a piece for the Indianapolis Star. Ed White and Corey Williams in Detroit, Michigan, for the Associated Press, provided reporting.
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