Lockdown lifted at campus

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The suspect, Shannon Lamb, has been apprehended, and the campus lockdown has been lifted.

Campus offices will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Classes remain cancelled for Tuesday.

Counseling services will be available starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Jacob Conference Center for group sessions, and Kethley 231 for private sessions. Counselors will also be available in residence halls. Contact Dr. Richard Houston at 662-846-4630 for more information.

The university greatly appreciates the assistance of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers in keeping the campus safe.

The Delta State family mourns the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Ethan Schmidt.

Campus closed on Tuesday

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The Delta State campus remains under lockdown and is under the close guard of law enforcement personnel locally and from across the state. 
 
The campus will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 15. 
 
Only essential staff should report to work. All other offices and buildings will remain closed, and all classes are cancelled. Questions should be directed to direct supervisors within the individual departments.
 
Law enforcement will remain on campus throughout the night to guard the residence halls and to keep the campus secure.

Students Remaining On Campus

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Law enforcement officials will continue to secure the campus overnight.

Students living in the residence halls will be allowed to leave the residence halls from 8 to 9 p.m. tonight if they wish to return to their homes off campus. After 9 p.m., the residence halls will be locked down, and law enforcement will be on guard. Students who leave campus will not be allowed to return to campus until the campus is no longer under lockdown and an all clear has been issued from law enforcement.

Meals will be delivered to the residence halls on Tuesday.

Law enforcement will remain on campus throughout the night to guard the residence halls and to keep the campus secure.

All classes are cancelled for Tuesday.

Additional Updates from Delta State University

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UPDATES from the Delta State University campus (with amended quotes and information):

CLEVELAND, Mississippi — Chief Buster Bingham, Cleveland Police Department, said Delta State University police were contacted this morning about a shooting in Jobe Hall. The victim has been identified as Professor Ethan Schmidt, and the alleged suspect is at large.

All official information is being released from the law enforcement command center every hour. The command center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Highway 8.

All faculty, staff and students who have been cleared from academic buildings are being moved to Walter Sillers Coliseum, on the north side campus. Students currently in residence halls should remain there. Donations of food and beverages have been delivered to the Coliseum. Police are working to clear all campus buildings, and students, faculty and staff should stay where they are until they are escorted out.

Classes are cancelled for the remainder of today and tomorrow. Counselors from other public state institutions will be on campus tomorrow to conduct group sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and individual sessions will be available beginning at 10 a.m. The locations for the sessions will be released by 9 a.m. tomorrow.

University Relations Vice President Michelle Roberts said it is a tragic situation, and the entire campus sends its heartfelt thoughts and sympathy to Professor Schmidt’s family.

“We are grieving on this campus with this loss, and our condolences are with the family at this time,” Roberts said.

Law enforcement is actively pursuing every lead to apprehend the person of interest, Shannon Lamb, an employee of the university. At around 2:30 p.m., Bingham said it was not believed the suspect was still on campus, but that they were taking every precaution to keep faculty, students and staff safe.

“We want to say a special thanks to all of the law enforcement officials. As you’ve seen on our campus, they’ve come out from every aspect of this state – state, city and county,” Roberts said. “We really appreciate everything they are doing to apprehend the person of interest, and we feel very confident with the work that they are doing,” she said.

For more information, contact Director of Communications and Marketing Jennifer Farish, at jfarish@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4000. Contact DSU Police 662-846-4155 or CPD 662-843-3611 or BCSD 662-843-5378.

Updates on Delta State

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Chief Buster Bingham, Cleveland Police Department, said DSU police were contacted this morning about a shooting in Jobe Hall. The victim has been identified as Professor Ethan Schmidt, and a suspect is on the large. The suspect is not being named at this time.

All official information is being released from the law enforcement command center every hour. The command center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Highway 8.

University Relations Vice President Michelle Roberts said it is a tragic situation, and the entire campus sends its heartfelt thoughts and sympathy to Professor Schmidt’s family.

All classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the day and night, along with plans to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the campus set for Tuesday.

All faculty, staff and students who have been cleared from academic buildings are being moved to Sillers Coliseum. Students currently in residence halls should remain there. Campus administrators are working to get food, water and counselors to the Coliseum. Police are working to clear all campus buildings, and students, faculty and staff should stay where they are until they are escorted out.

For more information, contact Director of Communications and Marketing Jennifer Farish, at jfarish@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4000.