Professor Shot, Killed at Delta State University

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CLEVELAND, MS — A history professor was shot in the head and killed at Mississippi’s Delta State University Monday. The manhunt is on for another university employee who may be the gunman.

The victim has been identified as Ethan Schmidt, who once taught at Texas Tech in Lubbock.

Police named Delta State employee Shannon Lamb a person of interest.

Videos posted to Instagram show police armed with big guns and bulletproof vests scouring the campus.

According to the university’s Twitter account, classes were cancelled for the rest of the day. Faculty, staff and students were evacuated from academic building and moved to a coliseum around 2 p.m. Students in residence halls were told to stay put.

Meanwhile, 300 miles south of Cleveland, Mississippi, police in Gautier are investigating a murder that could be connected. The suspect was last seen driving a green SUV, which has also been linked to the Delta State shooting.

There were plans to celebrate the university’s 90th anniversary Tuesday. Instead, they’ll be mourning one of their own.


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