EAST LANSING, Mich. – A shelter-in-place order issued to students and staff on Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus Monday night has been lifted after a suspected shooter was found dead.
There is no longer a threat on the East Lansing campus as of early Tuesday morning, according to an email sent to families from the university. A shelter-in-place order that was issued at around 8:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, due to an active shooter on campus has been lifted as of about 12:29 a.m. Tuesday.
Beginning at 8:18 p.m. Monday, shots were reported on MSU’s campus at Berkey Hall. Shortly after, university police ordered everyone on campus to shelter in place immediately. Shots were later reported at the campus recreation center known as IM East.
At least three people were killed in the shooting, officials said. At least five others were injured and taken to the hospital. Their identities have not yet been released.
Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officials responded to the scene late Monday and were searching the campus for the suspected shooter, who was on foot. After officers cleared and secured several buildings on campus, the suspected shooter was eventually confronted by officers at an off-campus location in nearby Lansing.
The suspected shooter killed himself at that scene, officials report. It is not yet clear what led law enforcement to that area of Lansing.
Authorities have only identified the suspected shooter as a 43-year-old man who has no affiliation with MSU in any way.
“We have no idea why he came to campus to do this tonight,” said Chris Rozman, the interim deputy chief with the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety.
Parents and those with loved ones on campus were initially asked to avoid coming to East Lansing while the shooter was still at large. Since then, a family assistance center was set up for parents to pick up their children from campus. All classes and on-campus activities, including athletics, have been canceled for at least the next two days.
You can see all the police news briefings from late Monday night by clicking here. Another briefing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday.