McRae, 37, a gunman at a New Jersey high school and his gun-related ties to his father: A note from a former MSU student
If he had been convicted, he wouldn’t have been allowed to buy a gun because of a felony carrying a concealed weapon charge.
It isn’t clear why the man with no ties to the university targeted the school. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after the first shots were fired.
The note that was found threatened other schools hundreds of miles away in New Jersey. Police there said there was no longer a threat after McRae was found dead.
The note that claims McRae is the leader of a group of 20 killers, has a list of targets that includes a warehouse, an employment agency, a discount store, a church and a fast-food restaurant, according to law enforcement officials who have access to the note.
The suspect’s father, Michael McRae, told CNN his son became bitter, isolated and “evil angry” after his mother died from a stroke two years ago and “didn’t care about anything no more.”
Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel – who said she has sons at MSU who were left shaken – told CNN many unanswered questions remain about the gunman’s history.
“This is an individual who just recently was off probation for a gun offense and in the exact same area. We know that he was on parole for a while and not sure why, but I would like to know that.
The Campus Community is Rejoind in the News of the Michigan State University Campus Shooting on Monday, Oct. 10th, 2018, Mass Shooting
Meanwhile, as police serve search warrants and delve into the gunman’s background, five students remain in critical condition and the campus community is still reeling from the hours of terror that unfolded Monday night.
As investigators probe why a gunman targeted Michigan State University and how he got the firearm used in the mass shooting, the campus community is mourning the students killed and still reeling from the hours of terror that unfolded earlier this week.
A caller’s tip led officers to the suspect more than three hours after the first shots were fired. Police said they were able to locate the man seventeen minutes after releasing the photos of him.
The campus shooting came hours before the five-year anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The 67th mass shooting of the 21st century, with four or more shot, not including the shooter, has been reported in the Gun Violence Archive.
A search warrant was executed on a residence connected to the suspect, but authorities are not yet confirming if it was the shooter’s residence or what they found there.
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Michael said that since his wife died, his son began to change. “He was getting more and more bitter. They were both angry and bitter. That’s so angry. Someone is angry. He began to let his guard down. His teeth were falling out. He stopped cutting his hair. He looked like a wolf man.”
“We now have a complete generation that has grown up with this, many times over, from elementary school all the way up to now,” East Lansing Mayor Ron Bacon said. “They live with this the entire time.”
Emma told her dad that she and her roommate shut the lights off, closed the window, barricaded the door, and hid under their desks after they received the MSU alert about shots fired.
“The teacher was presenting a lesson and all of sudden I heard gunshots directly behind me. The violence began when the shooter opened the back classroom door and began firing at my classmates, wounding them. Papoulias said he smelled gunpowder and saw it.
Students then smashed open a window to help everyone escape while others tended to the wounded, with one student using his shirt to try and stop the bleeding, Papoulias recalled.
Billy Shellenbarger, the school district’s Supt., said that Verner was everything they would want a student to be.
“Always a Spartan”, the motto of Governor Whitmer, and the students of MSU’s men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo
Fraser served as the president of the Michigan Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, the fraternity said in a statement. He was a leader and a great friend to his brothers, the Greek community and the people he interacted with on campus, the fraternity said.
“As much as we loved her, she loved us and others even more,” Anderson’s family said in a statement to WDIV. “She was passionate about helping her friends and family, assisting children and serving people.”
“How is it possible that this happened in the first place, an act of senseless violence that has no place in our society and in particular no place in school?” “Dean said that.” It touched our community two times.
Thousands of people gathered around a rock bearing the words “Always a Spartan” to honor the three students killed in Monday night’s mass shooting.
“We shouldn’t have to live like this,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the crowd. We shouldn’t have to think of who our last call is going to be, we should just have an exit.
The governor told a group of grieving students who had been through another school shooting that campuses, churches, classrooms and communities should not be battlefields.
At Wednesday’s vigil, MSU’s head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo told the students to allow themselves to show their emotions as they process the tragedy.
The Michigan State University Mass Shooting Thursday night happened in the wake of a Student Shooting: Attorney General Dana Nessel (R-Michigan)
Law enforcement officials said the letter warned all the businesses they had been warned about, but that the shooting leader was dead and there was no reason for him to claim he was the leader of the team.
The FBI is analyzing the letter that may have been connected to the shooter, according to the law enforcement officials. The note doesn’t say why the locations are targets or list grievances, officials said.
Nessel said that there weren’t universal background checks in Michigan. “We have very little in the way of legislation that would prevent a person from possessing a gun, owning a gun, coming into contact with a weapon.”
McRae then went on to purchase two guns in 2021 in Michigan, a law enforcement source said. The other was a Hi-Point 9 millimeter pistol, according to the source.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel – who has two sons at the university left shaken by this week’s tragedy – told CNN it wasn’t clear yet if the weapon used in Monday night’s incident was purchased legally or not.
“Somebody who is having mental health issues, somebody who just had been illegally possessing a gun, and look how easy it was for him to obtain a weapon even in the wake of all that, something’s gotta change,” Nessel said.
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The speakers honored the three students who were killed in the shooting. They remembered their smiles, their kindness, their sense of humor and the dreams they had.
“The time away from work for her family, the long recovery road ahead, and the subsequent medical expenses to care for Guadalupe, will place both an emotional and financial a burden on her family,” the organization said on Facebook.
There will be no return to normal. This event has changed the way we look at things. But that isn’t bad, said Kovach. Spartans come together when needed in times of need, that is what I love about them.
Michigan State Police provided security at the vigil to allow the university’s police to grieve, the department said, adding, “We are all healing together.”