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Michigan State shooting – updates: Murdered victims named as chilling details around Anthony McRae revealed

Police say suspect was in contact with law enforcement before dying by suicide as victims Brian Fraser and Alexandria Verner are named

Gustaf Kilander,Io Dodds
Tuesday 14 February 2023 23:10 GMT
Michigan State University shooting: Three killed as suspect named

The 43-year-old man accused of killing three and wounding five in a shooting at Michigan State University before turning the gun on himself was found with a note detailing threats to two other schools, authorities say.

Police identified the gunman in Monday’s shooting as Anthony McRae. He is not believed to have any connection to MSU.

On Tuesday morning, reports claimed that a note was found with McRae’s body after he killed himself. The note allegedly indicated threats to two New Jersey schools.

Meanwhile, it emerged that McRae had been living with his father, had firearms convictions and was known for firing weapons on the property, according to neighbours.

The names of two of the three students who were killed have been released.

Brian Fraser was a sophomore at the school from Grosse Pointe, east of Detroit, and Alexandra Verner was a junior from Clawson, north of the city.

The name of the third victim will not be shared at the request of the family.

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Time ‘to think, grieve and be together’

Interim Michigan State University president Teresa Woodruff said the school would move to emergency operations for next 48 hours, adding that this is time intended for students, staff and faculty “to think, grieve and be together” after a “day of shock and heartbreak.”

“We are devastated at the loss of life,” Ms Woodruff said. “Our campus grieves, we will all grieve. We will change over time. We cannot allow this to continue to happen again.”

Michigan State University students hug during an active shooter situation on campus on 13 February 2023 in Lansing, Michigan (Getty Images)

Resources for coping will be accessible starting at 9am on Tuesday at East Lansing Hannah Community Center at 819 Abbot Road, reported Lansing State Journal.

Namita Singh14 February 2023 08:10
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‘Shootings took place at buildings that are publicly accessible’

The two buildings of Michigan State University (MSU) where the shooting took place yesterday night were accessible to the general public, said the police in their press briefing.

According to the police briefing at least two victims were killed at Berkey Hall and one at the MSU Union building not far away on campus.

MSU Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Marlon Lynch said responding to the shooting was a “monumental task” because of the size of the campus.

Police investigate the scene of a shooting at Berkey Hall on the campus of Michigan State University, late Monday, 13 February 2023, in East Lansing, Michigan (AP)

“That’s part of the monumental task. We do have areas that are accessible to the public,” he was quoted as saying by CNN.

“The task in itself is that we have 400 buildings on campus and over 5,300 acres and part of the process in the response that we had is that we were able to divide and organise, to be methodical in the search process and obtain evidence and share as it comes through. But with a university our size and the areas that we are responsible for, that becomes a task.”

Namita Singh14 February 2023 08:40
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Fear gripped students on campus at the time of shooting

Ryan Kunkel, 22, was attending a class in the Engineering Building when he became aware of the shooting from a university email.

Kunkel and about 13 other students turned off the lights and acted like there “was a shooter right outside the door,” he said.

“Nothing came out of anyone’s mouth” for over four hours, he said.“I wasn’t ready to accept that this is really going on next door, like right next to me. It’s on my campus,” Kunkel said.

“This is supposed to be a place where I’m coming, learning and bettering myself. And instead, students are getting hurt.”

Namita Singh14 February 2023 08:57
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In video: Three killed, suspect confirmed dead in Michigan State University shooting

Michigan State University shooting: Three killed, suspect confirmed dead
Namita Singh14 February 2023 09:07
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'Go, go, go'

Local television news footage taken during the door-to-door search showed students filing past heavily armed police outside campus buildings in the cold night air, their arms raised above their heads in an “active shooter” evacuation ritual that has become commonplace on US school campuses.

Alexis Dinkins, an MSU sophomore who was inside Akers Hall, a dormitory on campus, told the Detroit News she heard people barricading doors and shouting, “Go, go, go” as the incident unfolded.

Michigan State University students evacuate to a safe area during an active shooter situation on campus on 13 February 2023 in Lansing, Michigan (Getty Images)
Michigan State University students evacuate to a safe area during an active shooter situation on campus on 13 February 2023 in Lansing, Michigan (Getty Images)

As she and other fled the dorm, they encountered police who told them to go to a nearby bus stop.

“We don’t feel safe anywhere,” the Detroit News quoted her as saying as she stood with a group of students on a campus sidewalk after leaving Akers. She described the situation as “terrifying”.

Namita Singh14 February 2023 09:15
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MSU students allowed to go home, as authorities lift campus lockdown

A gunman opened fire Monday night at Michigan State University, killing three people and wounding five more, before fatally shooting himself miles away after an hours-long manhunt that forced frightened students to hide in the dark.

Students were released from a night of lockdown after the gunman allegedly died of a self-inflicted wound. Campus activities, however, will remain suspended for the next 48 hours.

Aidan Baldwin, a 19-year-old freshman from Waterford who was sitting in a pickup truck with his aunt and uncle, told the Wall Street Journal that he spent most of night locked in a bathroom with a roommate, calling friends to check on them, monitoring news and letting parents know he was safe.

“For the first half hour it was OK, but after it got to be two or three hours, it got pretty nerve-racking. It felt more real,” he said. Responding to the reports of the gunman’s death, Baldwin said: “It’s gonna sound bad but I felt kind of relieved, just that we could move around.”

Namita Singh14 February 2023 10:00
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Police seeking additional information

Police are seeking witness accounts to help them put together the sequence of events and investigate Monday night’s mass shooting.

It has asked those with any information to call 844-99-MSUPD or email tips@police.msu.edu.

The FBI, also involved in the case, said informants can reach the agency at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Namita Singh14 February 2023 11:00
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Gunman dead after shooting eight across two campus locations

At least three people are dead and five wounded in a shooting at Michigan State University (MSU), police say.

A lone gunman is believed to have been responsible for the shootings across two campus locations, including a residential halls and the student union building.

Police told a news briefing shortly after midnight that the suspect had shot himself dead after leaving campus.

My colleague Io Dodds reports:

Gunman dead after shooting eight on Michigan State University campus

Police earlier ordered students to ‘run, hide, fight’ as campus locked down

Namita Singh14 February 2023 12:00
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WATCH: Students flee as shooting erupts on MSU campus

Students flee from Michigan State University campus during deadly shooting
Megan Sheets14 February 2023 12:29
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What we know about the shooter

The suspect believed to have shot eight people at Michigan State University has been found dead, police said in a midnight briefing. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after “contact” with police off campus, said the authorities.

“The suspect in the incident was located outside the MSU campus,” said Chris Rozman, interim deputy chief of the campus police department. “And that suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The authorities did not disclose the name of the suspect, and said that it is too early to know the motive of the shooter.

This combination of images from surveillance video provided by Michigan State University Police and Public Safety show a suspect whom authorities are looking for in connection with multiple shootings at the university late Monday, 13 February 2023 (AP)

While the shooting incident was still active police released images of the suspect and described him as a “Black male, shorter in stature” wearing red shoes, a jeans jacket and a baseball cap.

Campus police said they were investigating if he had some type of affiliation with the university.

“There’s a lot that we don’t know at this point,” Mr Rozman said. The suspect “was contacted by law enforcement off campus” at some point, he said, adding, “that scene is being investigated as a crime scene.”

Namita Singh14 February 2023 13:00

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