At least three people were killed at Michigan State University after shootings at two locations on the East Lansing campus Monday night, university police said.
The suspected shooter was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong manhunt, police said early Tuesday.
Students were urged to “secure in place” for hours Monday night as officials searched for the shooter.
In addition to the three fatalities, five people were transported to E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, and some of the injuries were life-threatening, said Chris Rozman, interim deputy chief of the Michigan State University Police.
A single shooter is thought to be responsible for the violence at two campus locations. The man was found dead at an off-campus location, Rozman said.
He said officials had not yet identified the man and were unsure of any connection he had to the university.
“This truly has been a nightmare that we are living tonight,” Rozman said early Tuesday.
Shortly after police responded to Berkey Hall at 8:18 p.m., officials received reports of gunfire at nearby MSU Union, where they discovered were additional victims.
We are “doing everything we can,” to ensure the safety of our campus and all of our students, Rozman said late Monday as he urged all students and community members to stay away from campus to allow authorities to continue to search for the shooter.
Officials reported that several campus buildings had been cleared and secured by 10:15 p.m.
Students on campus reported on social media that they were hiding or barricaded as officers fanned out.
Three freshmen women were in a dining hall when a relative called one of them to tell them there was a shooter, the women told NBC affiliate WILX of Lansing.
They were told to stay calm, but eventually blocked the doors, they said. Eventually, a large group left, quickly and in a rush.
Three students were seen hugging and emotional outside. “Everyone was screaming everyone’s names, it was really loud, really hectic, and I couldn’t find her,” one of them told the station.
Late Monday, MSU canceled all campus activities, including athletics and classes, for two days. Students and staff were urged to stay away from campus Tuesday.
Michigan State University has a student population of around 50,000, on a campus in East Lansing that spans 5,200 acres, according to its website.
Bernice Rizera, whose daughter attends Michigan State University, drove from Grand Rapids, around 60 miles away, after she heard of the shooting.
“I was just like in a panic. I was driving 100 miles per hour here,” Rizera told WILX. “I just want to get my baby home. That’s it, I just want my baby home.”
The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Michigan State Police said they were sending personnel to MSU to help campus investigators.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she was being updated about the situation.
“I’ve been briefed on the shooting at Michigan State University,” she tweeted. “The Michigan State Police along with @msupolice, local law enforcement and first responders are on the ground. Let’s wrap our arms around the Spartan community tonight.”
The gunfire affected those on campus who were not near the shooting when it occurred.
Drew Russ, an 18-year-old freshman from Los Angeles, was watching “Star Wars” with friends at his dorm when a deluge of text messages arrived.
He and everyone on his floor in the dorm, which is about one mile from Berkey Hall, were staying put, he told MSNBC on Monday night.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening on my college campus,” Russ said.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.