Professor Dead in Shooting at Mississippi's Delta State

School on lockdown, active shooter said to be on the loose
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2015 12:04 PM CDT
Screenshot from Delta State University's Twitter page.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – A Mississippi campus is on lockdown after a shooting this morning left one professor dead and a shooter on the loose, the Clarion-Ledger reports. "Delta State University has confirmed one fatality. Campus remains under lockdown. Please stay inside and away from windows," reads a tweet posted shortly after noon EDT on the college's Twitter page, which has been adding updates as police converged. Little information has been released so far on the shooting, with the shooter said to have been spotted initially near Jobe Hall, the paper notes. The Bolivar County Deputy Coroner says the professor was a male in his mid-50s who was killed in an office in Jobe Hall, per the AP. The university hasn't confirmed the victim's ID, but a spokeswoman says it's still an "active situation."

An English professor sent a Facebook message to the AP saying, "Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations. Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe." The Cleveland Police Department tells the Clarion-Ledger it's coordinating with campus police, and the school's Twitter page indicates the Bolivar County Sheriff's Office is also helping out. An additional tweet notes an emergency command center has been set up and the governor's office and the state's Institutions of Higher Learning have offered their assistance. (Read more Mississippi stories.)

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