3 die in US university campus shooting
Washington, Feb 14 (EFE).- A series of shootings at Michigan State University on Monday night left at least three people dead and five injured, said authorities.
Interim deputy chief of the campus police department Chris Rozman told reporters that the injured were in hospitals, and several had life-threatening injuries.
Rozman said the suspect, whose identification was under investigation until early Tuesday, was found dead outside of the campus with a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
“This truly has been a nightmare that we are living tonight, but we have remained laser-focused on the safety of our campus, our students, and the surrounding community,” Rozman said.
The deputy chief said there was no longer a threat to the campus. “We believe there (was) only one shooter in this incident, and there is no longer a need to shelter in place on campus.”
The authorities have not yet revealed the victim identities “out of respect for the families,” said the officer.
Hours before the whereabouts of the attacker became known, police released surveillance camera footage on campus.
The footage showed the attacker donning a red cap and a black mask.
Rozman said police were ascertaining what motivated the shooting.
“I can’t even begin to imagine what that motive would be,” Rozman said. “We will do our best to determine that, but, at this time, we have no idea.”
State Governor Gretchen Whitmer mourned the loss of lives in the shooting.
“Tonight, Spartans will cry and hold each other a little closer. We will mourn the loss of beautiful souls and pray for those fighting for their lives in the hospital,” Whitmer tweeted.
“I want to thank the countless first responders for their swift actions on the ground tonight and the healthcare workers who poured into local hospitals to save lives.”
The university, located 145 km (about 90 miles) northwest of Detroit, is one of the largest in the country, with more than 50,000 students.
It has canceled all campus activities for 48 hours. “All campus activities are canceled for 48 hours, including athletics, classes, and all campus-related activities. Please do not come to campus tomorrow.” the university tweeted. EFE