A law enforcement officer stands watch as emergency vehicles clog a road adjacent to Delta State University after an active shooter was reported in Cleveland, Miss., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(Photo: Courtney Warren, AP)
JACKSON, Miss. — A professor was killed and Delta State University was placed on lock down Monday amid reports of an active shooter on the Cleveland campus.
“Delta State University has confirmed one fatality. Campus remains under lockdown. Please stay inside and away from windows,” the school tweeted.
State, city and Delta State police, along with the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department, were on on campus and looking for the gunman, the school said.
University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish confirmed that the lock down began Monday morning and that students, faculty and staff are being advised to take shelter.
Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown said a professor was shot, but provided no details.
Caleb Smith was on his way to get breakfast when he got the alert.
“I was just walking toward the building when I got the message, so I turned around and went back to my room,” he said. “I have no idea where the shooter could have been.”
Cleveland is 121 miles north of Jackson. Delta State is a public university with more than 4,000 students on campus.
The school had planned a daylong celebration marking Delta State’s 90th anniversary.”
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