By KATIE ROGERS
September 14, 2015
A history professor was shot and killed Monday on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., a deputy coroner said, and the campus remained on lockdown as the authorities searched for the gunman.
State and local law enforcement agencies have responded to the shooting.
A deputy coroner in Bolivar County, Murray Roark, said that the coroner’s office had been notified of the shooting at 10:40 a.m. He said that the professor’s identity had not been released because family members needed to be notified.
In a post on Twitter a little before 12:30 on Monday afternoon, officials at the school said that the campus was on lockdown. “Please stay inside and away from windows,” the post read. The school had set up an emergency center on campus and said that emergency crews were responding.
A spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Warren Strain, told The Associated Press that a man who was believed to be the gunman was still at large. He said a description of the man was not immediately available.
Officials said the shooting took place near Jobe Hall, where many of the school’s professors have offices. More than 3,000 students are enrolled at the public university, which is near the Mississippi Delta on the western side of the state.
While students and professors remained barricaded in the buildings, some took videos and photos of the campus.
At about 1 p.m., one Instagram user wrote, “2 professors and 20 students in classroom… no word on evacuation yet.”
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