Professor Dead in Shooting at Delta State U

September 15, 2015

A professor at Delta State University in Mississippi was shot dead on campus Monday morning. The university identified the victim as Ethan Schmidt, a professor of history. The campus was on lockdown for much of the day as police worked to clear buildings and move stranded faculty, staff and students to a sports arena on the north side of campus. No other on-campus casualties were reported.

The man officials believe was the shooter, Shannon Lamb, fatally shot himself after Greenville police officers approached him Monday night. Lamb was an instructor of geography at Delta State. The Associated Press reported that Lamb was a suspect in a separate murder committed Monday 300 miles away from Delta State (the victim of that murder was a woman).

Classes are canceled today at Delta State. Counselors will be on campus to conduct group and individual sessions. Michelle Roberts, a university spokeswoman, said in a statement, “We are grieving on this campus with this loss, and our condolences are with the [Schmidt] family at this time.”

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