A Mississippi State University student was fatally shot in a dorm on Saturday, and a second student attending a Mississippi college was killed at an off-campus party yesterday. John Sanderson, 21, died shortly after three suspects fled his Starkville residence hall. "The perpetrators fled our campus, but we're still attempting to identify them, and we're following every lead in order to do that," said spokesman Bill Kibler. The campus has not been locked down, but only residents are being allowed in and out of dorm, and are being carefully screened, reports ABC News. Officials believe the shooting, the first ever on campus, is an isolated incident.
In the second shooting, a 19-year-old Nolan Ryan Henderson of Jackson State University was shot dead in the face at a pool party. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant expressed sorrow over both deaths, and offered any aid needed, reports Fox News. "Those perpetuating these crimes will be apprehended and held accountable," he vowed. (Read more Mississippi stories.)