Police say another employee at the school is a suspect
History professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in the head, according to coroner
The campus remains on lockdown; Tuesday classes are canceled
Shannon Lamb, an employee of Delta State University in Mississippi, is a suspect in the shooting death of a professor there Monday, Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham told reporters. Lamb remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Bingham said.
The school remains on lockdown after the shooting, University President William LaForge told reporters, but buildings at the school have been cleared. “We have checked the campus out thoroughly. We believe that our buildings are clear. And our students, most importantly, are safe,” LaForge said.
[Previous story, posted at 5:32 p.m. ET Monday]
Police are scouring a Mississippi college campus after a history professor was killed in his office Monday — and investigators say another employee at the school could be connected to the case.
Delta State University history professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in the head, Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark said. The shooter remains at large, the coroner said.
Investigators say an instructor at the school in Cleveland, Mississippi, is a “person of interest” in the case, and police in a town 300 miles away described him as a suspect in another homicide there.
Authorities are searching for Shannon Lamb, Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham said. He described Lamb as an employee of the university and person of interest, but Bingham did not detail why investigators are calling him a person of interest or what his connection could be to the slain professor.
The person of interest could be driving a black Dodge Avenger, the school said on Twitter, asking anyone with the information to call police.
“At this time we don’t think he’s on campus,” Bingham told reporters, “but we’re not taking anything lightly.”
The university, which is about 115 miles south of Memphis, remained on lockdown hours after the shooting, and police were working to clear buildings on the campus, the school said in a statement. Officials canceled classes for the remainder of the day Monday and Tuesday.
A biography of Lamb posted on the school’s website says he received his Ph.D. from Delta State in 2014, and has taught geography and social sciences education courses there.
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