Michigan State University shooting leaves three dead, 5 injured

Three people were killed and five others were injured after a shooter opened fire at Michigan State University on Monday night. After an hours-long manhunt that prompted terrified students to shelter in the dark, the shooter then shot himself dead miles away, Associated Press reported.

Four hours after gunfire erupted at Berkey Hall, an academic building, and then close by at the MSU Union, a well-liked gathering place for eating and studying, police made the man’s death known early on Tuesday.

The suspect was identified as a 43-year-old male who is not connected to the institution by Chris Rozman, temporary deputy chief of MSU Police. Following his confrontation with officers, the man reportedly shot himself, according to authorities, The Hill reported.

Rozman said he was unaware of the suspect’s motivation for visiting Michigan State University.

In the vicinity of Lake Lansing Road and Larch Street, according to the Michigan State Police, there is an “active crime scene” where troopers and officers are present. Authorities are requesting that people stay away from the area.

Interim MSU President Teresa K. Woodruff made her first statement during the third press conference, which was held early on Tuesday morning, saying the university is grieving.

The MSU shooting is the newest in what has turned out to be a violent start to the year in the United States. So far in 2023, there have been dozens of mass shootings, most notably in California when 11 people were slain as they celebrated the Lunar New Year at a dance hall well-liked by senior Asian Americans.

The Gun Violence Archive estimates that there were over 600 mass shootings in the United States in 2022, each resulting in at least four fatalities or serious injuries.

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