At least one person was killed and seven others were injured in the shooting on Sunday morning on the Grambling State University (GSU) campus in Louisiana. CNN said the incident occurred during a “welcome event”. This is the second such event at this university in just four days.
According to college spokeswoman Tisha Arnold, multiple shots were fired on campus around 1.15am local time.
According to the authorities, one of the injured people was a student who was treated at the scene with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim and the rest of the injured are outsiders.
– There was a welcome party at the McCall Dining Center during the event. All the people there took shelter on the spot and were released as soon as the university police gave their permission, citing CNN in an email from a university spokeswoman.
The suspect has not yet been identified
The state police are investigating. The suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified.
The university, located about 100 kilometers east of Shreveport, canceled all welcome parties on Sunday, according to a Twitter post. There will also be no classes at the university on Monday and Tuesday.
The university authorities ordered a curfew from 9:30 pm to 6 am. It has been announced to strengthen security measures on campus.
Local TV 4 WWWL reported that all employees and students of GSU were provided with the help of a psychologist.
– Our community on campus has worked tirelessly to keep our students and others safe. (…) However, with all our planning and coordination with our local, parish, regional and state law enforcement partners, we still mourn the loss of life and injury that too many communities are experiencing in our country. Why would anyone come to our dear Ole Grambling campus and shoot innocent people? Chancellor Rick Gallot wondered.
One week, two gun attacks
As NBC News recalled, the Louisiana state police are also investigating the shooting at the same university, which took place last Thursday. One person was killed then, and another, a 16-year-old, was injured.
The police believe that the two events are not related to each other.
Investigators said the suspect in the Wednesday shootout is 18-year-old Jataviousa Carroll, alias “Rabbit”. The police asked for help in locating the man.
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