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UPDATE: Professor dead after shooting at college in Mississippi

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UPDATE: CLEVELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now)  According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, another professor is a person of interest in the shooting death of a history professor at Delta State University. 

He has been identified as 45-year-old Dr. Shannon Lamb. He is also the suspect in the murder of a woman in Gautier this morning. 

Lamb is a Geography teacher at the university. He joined Delta State in 2009 and just recently received his doctorate in 2014.  

The Bolivar County Coroner confirms that the professor that was shot and killed has been identified as Ethan A. Schmidt. We're told he was shot and killed in his office. 

According to Delta State’s website, Schmidt was an Assistant Professor of American History. 

He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2007. Before coming to Delta State, Schmidt taught for six years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX .

Cleveland Police say the shooter is still at large.

Delta State has tweeted that the campus remains on lockdown; "Please stay inside and and away from windows."

Mississippi Highway Patrol, Cleveland Police and Bolivar County Sheriff's Department are all on the scene. Delta State says that Emergency Management has set up a command center. 

Governor Bryant is in communication with Delta State's President William LaForge and with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz. The governor has offered the full support and assistance of DPS, including the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

According to the Bolivar Commercial, all secondary schools in Cleveland and Cleveland School District are on lockdown for the safety of the children. All the children are safe. 

The University sent out an alert at around 10:40 on Monday morning saying that the shooter was near Jobe Hall.

Jobe Hall, which includes an auditorium, is located near the main quad at the center of campus.

Delta State turns 90 years old this year and has a student body of more than 4,000, according to its website.

We are continuing to gather new information and will update this story as soon as possible.

Read more at MSNewsNow website


PREVIOUS STORY: By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A professor was killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, an official said Monday, and the campus remained on lockdown with the shooter still believed to be on the loose.

Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark said the dead man was in his mid-50s and was killed inside an office in Jobe Hall. He said officials are withholding his name for now.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish said she was not yet able to identify the dead person, saying it was still an "active situation." It's unclear whether anyone else was wounded.

The lockdown began about 10:45 a.m. local time, with the university advising students, faculty and staff to take shelter and stay away from windows.

The university's Twitter account said the shooter was spotted near Jobe Hall.

State and local law enforcement agencies have responded.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said a man who is believed to be the shooter was still at large. He said a description of the person was not immediately available.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi's Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

"Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations," Don Allan Mitchell, an English professor, wrote in a Facebook message to The Associated Press. "Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe."

He said police helicopters were in the air, and officers were sweeping buildings.

However, another English professor, Bill Hays, said the university did a poor job of communicating with faculty, staff and students about the emergency situation.

"It's really frustrating because there is no campus-wide updating from a central command center. Everything we're getting is just rumors," Hays said in a phone call from his office in Keithley Hall, across the street from the shooting site.

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