New details shared about Michigan State University shooter

Information about the lives of the victims and the shooter is becoming available less than 24 hours after a shooting spree that left three Michigan State University students dead and five others gravely injured, The Washington Post reports.

Three students from Michigan State University were murdered, and five others were injured, before the shooter turned the gun on himself, police said on Monday, as reported by Reuters. The shooter also had a note threatening two colleges in New Jersey, and he had a history of mental illness, they added.

Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, opened fire on the MSU campus in East Lansing, roughly 90 miles west of Detroit, on Monday night. As authorities looked for motives, they learned that he had a possible link to New Jersey.

According to MSU police, McRae had no connections to the institution or any of his victims while residing in the neighboring city of Lansing, Michigan, the state capital.

“We have no idea why he came to campus to do this,” said Chris Rozman, interim deputy chief of MSU police.

McRae allegedly struggled with his mental health, per authorities.

In 2019, McRae was accused of carrying a loaded gun without a concealed weapons permit, leading to a felony weapons charge; however, he finally pled to a misdemeanor.

According to a Michigan county prosecutor, he would not have been permitted to lawfully own a pistol if he had been found guilty of the felony. Michael McRae told The Washington Post that his son had lied to him and said he no longer had a weapon in his possession.

When questioned about hearing gunfire in the backyard, the son replied that it was actually fireworks.

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