Police: Those killed, hurt in Michigan State University shootings were students

3 killed, 5 critically injured Monday night

LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 13: Michigan State University students hug during an active shooter situation on campus on February 13, 2023 in Lansing, Michigan. Five people were shot and the gunman still at large following the attack, according to published reports. The reports say some of the victims have life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) (Bill Pugliano, 2023 Getty Images)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – All of the victims who were killed or injured in an on-campus shooting at Michigan State University Monday night were students, police reported Tuesday.

Three people were killed and five people were critically injured after a shooter opened fire in at least two buildings on the university’s East Lansing campus on Monday, Feb. 13. All eight of the victims are students at the university, according to university police.

The identities of those killed and injured have not yet been released. Michigan State University police expect to release more information about those killed in the shooting sometime on Tuesday.

Here’s what happened

Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers responded to a mass shooting at the university on Monday night.

Police said shooting was first reported at around 8:18 p.m. in Berkey Hall, an academic building on the northern edge of campus. Officers reportedly responded to that shooting in minutes. Two students were found dead inside Berkey Hall, along with several of the injured victims, police said Tuesday.

As officers were responding to Berkey Hall, they received reports of another shooting at the MSU Union, just west of Berkey. There, officers found another student killed and others injured with gunshot wounds.

Three students were killed in total.

All five injured students were taken to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, where they were listed in critical condition. They remain in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.

A Sparrow official said Tuesday that four of the five injured students required surgical intervention when they arrived at the hospital, where trauma center staff and emergency medicine physicians were waiting. Officials said it is too early to offer any kind of prognosis.

The identities of the injured students have not been released, and it is unclear if they will be. Sparrow officials say there was not a consistent injury pattern among the five hurt in the shooting, but they did all face life threatening injuries from gunshot wounds.

The suspected shooter, identified as Anthony McRae, a 43-year-old man with no ties to the university, was located by police in Lansing on Monday night. He reportedly shot and killed himself at that scene.

Click here for a timeline of what happened Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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