MSU Student Killed in Dorm

Jackson State student shot dead next day at off-campus party
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 1:33 AM CDT
MSU Student Fatally Shot in Dorm
John Sanderson, 21, was found by police gravely injured from a gunshot wound in his dorm room on the Starkville campus.   (AP Photo/Mississippi State University)

(Newser) – 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.

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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.)

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