The Five-Year Anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting: Three Dead and Five Other People are Injured
Police said three people were dead and five injured in a shooting on the campus of Michigan State University.
The first report of shots fired came at 8:18 p.m. ET from Berkey Hall, an academic building on the northern end of campus. Two of the shooting victims were dead when police arrived at the building.
There’s even more horror in a city that can see the deaths of many people at the same time. With macabre irony, the shootings at Michigan State on Monday night, which killed three students and injured five more, took place on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day 2018. Tuesday was also the 15th anniversary of a mass shooting that left five students dead at Northern Illinois University.
While police investigate what connection the shooter may have had to the locations, FBI profilers are analyzing the letter, according to the law enforcement officials. The note does not state why the locations are targets or grievances, according to officials.
The suspect was contacted by law enforcement off campus hours after the first gunshots and died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Chris Trush told CNN that he saw people running out of the Union building shortly after the emergency alert went out to students.
Teresa Woodruff, MSU’s interim president, said early Tuesday that support will be provided for university students, faculty and staff. “We’re devastated with the loss of life and we want to wrap our arms around every family touched by this tragedy,” she said.
As shelter-in-place orders were in effect Monday evening, another student, Gabe Treutel, said he and his dorm mates hunkered down and turned to a local police scanner for information.
Another MSU student, Nithya Charles, told CNN she was sheltering within a lounge area at Campbell Hall on the north side of campus with about 30 other people.
Charles toldCNN earlier in the night that she did not hear gunshots herself, but that a few of her co-workers heard shots.
The Eastlan Public Schools are shut down due to the Florida shooting anniversary of the 2005 shooting at State University. The response to the Orlando shooting and the security response of State University
Though officials said there is no longer a threat to the campus, the university will move into emergency operations for the next two days, during which time students will experience a continued police presence as investigators probe multiple scenes.
All campus activities, including both in-person and virtual classes and sporting events, have been canceled for at least 48 hours. The school is providing counseling resources for students and employees.
We want to knit our warm arms around every family that was touched by the tragedy and make sure that they know that we share their grief and will do our best to make them whole again in the future. “We cannot allow this to continue to happen again.”
All of the Eastlan Public Schools were shut down Tuesday due to the attack at State University, which happened one day before the fifth anniversary of the shooting at the high school in Florida.
“Tonight has been horrific. All of the students here and in the region have been effected by it. Schools have been closed. This has affected all of us in the region. It’s affected families, everyone across our community,” Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said.
“This truly has been a nightmare that we are living tonight,” Rozman said. There is so much healing that will need to take place after this and we are relieved to no longer have an active threat on campus.
The task of responding to the shooting was large due to the size of the campus.
We have over 5,300 acres of campus and 400 buildings, so we were able to split and organize to be methodical and get the evidence that we needed as it comes through. But with a university our size and the areas that we are responsible for, that becomes a task,” Lynch said.
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The two buildings at the center of Monday evening’s shootings are accessible to the general public during business hours, police said in an early morning news conference Tuesday.
Hundreds of officers were dispatched to the scene. Victims were transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. There was no information about the victims, and they were listed in critical condition.
By 10:15 p.m. ET, police said Berkey and other buildings, were secured, and the shelter in place warning was lifted early Tuesday morning. Parents were not allowed to come to campus earlier in the evening.
“For parents, we know what they’re going through,” she said. “I can only imagine the emotion that’s involved right now. It’s going to help us, and it’s going to help our response, and it’s going to help us identify the shooter the less people that are on campus at this point.”
America’s latest mass shooting, until the inevitable next one, wrote a new community in the roll call of colleges stigmatized by tragedy. To Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois and the University of Virginia, add Michigan State University.
Even after more deaths, no changes will be made because the politics of gun control and the disagreements between Americans about firearms don’t change.
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The answer is no, as it turned out. “We couldn’t get our kids through college without subjecting them to a mass shooting at their school.”
The Michigan Democrat talked to CNN on Tuesday after meeting survivors and family members at Michigan State. “It’s terrorizing and we either do something about something that is terrorizing our population, or we don’t care about it.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told CNN that when she dropped her kids off at Michigan State a year-and-a-half ago she thought, “It is going to be a miracle if we get these kids through four years of college without some sort of an incident like this taking place, because they happen so frequently.”
The heartbreaking only-in-America moment happened when a young Parkland survivor counseled the Michigan State Spartans how to process their nightmare and what they would experience in the years ahead.
“Our campuses, churches, classrooms and communities should not be battlefields,” the governor told the grieving crowd that included students who had also lived through another mass shooting at a Michigan high school just 15 months ago.
Kids are familiar with active shooter drills. One day, parents will worry that the worse can happen when they drop their child off at school. Fear went away during the Covid-19 school shutdowns.
In 1999, a student killed 12 other students and a teacher at a high school in Colorado before taking his own life, and in 2007, a group of people died in a massacre at Virginia Tech.
Two of the three students killed were from the same hometown in Michigan and one of them was a biology student.
“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,” asked Jon Dean, superintendent of Grosse Pointe Public Schools. It touched our community twice.
Such is the inertia surrounding gun politics in Washington, that it’s become a cliche in itself to write that the usual rituals of regret and condolences played out in the capital after a mass shooting but without any expectation that politicians would respond with meaningful measures to stop it happening again.
Though it failed to ban weapons, and fell well short of what the White House, gun control advocates, and most Americans want to see, President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators did pass the most significant gun safety law in decades last year. Future gun control legislation is unthinkable with Republicans now holding a narrow House majority.
Firearms reform activists will hope that the Democratic sweep of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature in Michigan will open the possibility of significant changes to the law – but gun politics remain treacherous for lawmakers in swing states who want to cling onto power.
Biden, at a conference of county executives in Washington, decried a family’s worst nightmare that is occurring far too often in this country.
He renewed his call for an assault weapon ban, which had no chance of being passed by a Democratic-run Congress, because gun violence was tearing apart our communities.
Arguments against gun control are as well rehearsed as those for it. Second Amendment extremists often say that more guns on the streets are necessary to defend themselves and to harden institutions like schools and universities. Many point out that often, shootings are perpetrated by gunmen with troubled mental histories or who become isolated or alienated from their society.
Republicans in Washington don’t often try to spend huge amounts of money to improve mental health services. Republican governors and legislature in the states are easing gun laws in a way that is likely to lead to more access to weapons.
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Since his wife’s death, Michael McRae said, his son began to change. “He was getting more and more bitter. It was angry and bitter. It’s so angry. Evil angry … He began to let go of himself. His teeth were coming out. He stopped cutting his hair. He looked like a wolf man.”
Despite the deadlocked debates over guns rights and gun control, more pro-active action by loved ones and others might allow some red flag laws that could see weapons taken from the mentally ill to work. Katherine Schweit, a former FBI senior official and active shooter expert, said people who see relatives deteriorating mentally need to act.
She told CNN that they had to follow through and report things. “It’s the ‘see something, say something’ that has prevented us having the terrorist events in the United States. We need to do the same thing when these situations arise.
Thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members came together with flowers to honor three friends who were killed in Monday night’s mass shooting at Michigan State University.
The crowd heard from the governor that they shouldn’t have to live like that. We shouldn’t have to think about who our last call would be to while we are in a room.
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 FBI found a note on McRae and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a concealed weapon without a permit
Investigators also found a note on McRae that listed other potential attack targets, MSU police confirmed. Two schools in New Jersey’s Ewing Township were on the list, police there have said, adding that there is no threat to the schools.
The note – which claims McRae is the leader of a group of 20 killers – also has a list of targets that includes a warehouse, an employment agency, a discount store, a church, and a fast-food restaurant, law enforcement officials who have access to the note told CNN.
All the businesses listed on the letter were warned they had been named, but that the gunman was dead and there is no credibility to his claims of being the leader of any team, law enforcement officials said.
McRae was arrested in 2019 and charged with the felony of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and later pleaded guilty to a lower misdemeanor charge of possession of a loaded firearm as part of a plea deal, court records show.
“We don’t even have universal background checks here in Michigan,” Nessel added. “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. According to the source, one of the two pistols was a Hi-Point 9mm pistol.
“He did purchase the gun legally. He was allowed to purchase the gun. There was nothing in place to prohibit him from purchasing a firearm,” MSU police interim Deputy Chief Chris Rozman said Thursday.
Something has to change because it was easy for someone with mental health issues, or someone who had been illegally possession a gun, to obtain a weapon even after all that.
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At Wednesday’s vigil, the speakers honored the three students lost in the shooting. They remembered their smiles, their kindness, their sense of humor and the dreams they had.
Chandra Davis is Anderson’s aunt and she wrote on the social network that she was studying to become a doctor. Davis wrote, “How is it that a person who was supposed to be doing what they were supposed to be doing, was taken from us by a man who clearly didn’t understand the repercussions he was about to cause?” Parents should not have to bury their children.
Fraser was president of the Michigan Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, the fraternity said in a statement. He was a good friend and leader to his brothers and the Greek community and the people he met on campus, the Fraternity said.
And Verner, a graduate of Clawson Public Schools, was “everything you’d want a student to be,” school district Superintendent Billy Shellenbarger said.
The mass shooting also left five other students in critical condition. The National HEP/CAMP Association, which the student involved with at school, is one of the people wounded in the shooting.
“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.
‘I Know It Wasn’t A Return to Normal, but It Was A Healing Moment for Michigan State University’s Athletics’ Director Alan Haller
It won’t be a return to normal. This event has changed what that will feel like for us forever. But that is okay, according to the man. If there is one thing that I love about the Spartans it’s that we come together in times of need.
Michigan State Police gave security at the protest to allow the university police to grieve, the department said.
Athletic events, which were delayed or canceled due to the shooting, are scheduled to resume this weekend, and classes will resume Monday, according to university officials.
Alan Haller, Vice President and Director of athletics at Mississippi State, said in a statement that athletics can be a healing point for a community. “The opportunity to represent our entire community has never felt greater.”
Student athletes may opt out of participating in athletic events, Haller said, explaining that some are not ready to return. Those feelings are incredibly valid.”
The five injured students are “showing signs of improvement,” MSU interim President Teresa Woodruff said Thursday. One has been moved from critical condition to stable and the others are still critical condition, Board of Trustees chair Rema Vassar said.
The Student Shooting-Induced Student Deaths of Brian Fraser and Arielle Anderson in Berkey Hall, Michigan State University, Monday Night
Berkey Hall, where Arielle Anderson and Alexandria Verner were killed, will remain closed for the rest of the semester, Woodruff said. The student union where Brian Fraser was killed is still closed, she said.
But even as the campus transitions back to normal operations, community members like professor Marco Díaz-Muñoz are still working through the pain and shock of Monday night’s tragedy.
When the killer entered the classroom and started shooting at his students, Daz-Muoz did not want to go back to Berkey Hall.
It was like seeing someone who wasn’t a human. Daz-Muoz threw himself against one of the doors to prevent the shooter from reentering the classroom.
Some students were able to escape through the windows as others stayed behind to help the injured, using their hands to clamp down on the wounds, he said. “I’ve never seen so much blood.”
“I feel like I want to not remember these scenes and not have to go teach that class,” he said. There is a strong need for me to see my students again in order to see that they are alive.
The man who shot and injured two people was arrested about 4 miles away from the campus after a person who saw his photo in the news called police.
On his body and in his backpack, investigators found two legally purchased but unregistered 9mm handguns, several loaded magazines and dozens of loose rounds of ammunition, authorities said.
The police chief said that the lower charge didn’t stop him from purchasing firearms in the future.
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Gonzalez said that he had had contact with some of those places. He said that McRae worked at the warehouse in the past.
Gonzalez said it appears that he had issues with employees at a couple of businesses and they asked him to leave. It looked like McRae’s possible motive was that “he just felt slighted, and that’s kind of what the note indicated,” he said.
The statement said, Brian was a great friend to his brothers in the Phi Delt Fraternity, the Greek community at Michigan State and those he interacted with on campus.
“She was working diligently to graduate from Michigan State University early to achieve her goals as quickly as possible,” the family said in a statement. The Angel, Arielle, was a sweet, loving and infectious person. We are absolutely devastated by this heinous act of violence upon her and many other innocent victims.”
Billy Shellenbarger told CNN that her kindness was on display every second she was around them. He has known Alexandria, or Alex, as he called her, since she was in kindergarten.
It is hard to lose her on this planet and not have a small community. “And it’s going to take a while to recover, but to have known her for the duration of time that we all have, once again, is a gift to all of us.”
State University Director Thomas D. Jeitschko: We Are Going to Move Forward with the School Year and We Are Not Going Back to Normal
“No one thinks that we are coming back to a normal week,” Thomas D. Jeitschko, the university’s interim provost, said at a press conference on Sunday. This semester is not going to be normal.
Fraser, from Grosse Pointe, Mich., studied business and was the Chapter President of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, according to The State News, the university’s school newspaper. Anderson wanted to graduate early and become a surgeon, The State News said. Verner studied biology and played volleyball, basketball and softball for Michigan.
In an editorial on Thursday, the Editorial Board of The State News said that we need more time to process. We have been given a pause by theMSU so we can decide how we should proceed.
“With Michigan State University being a public campus and an ongoing investigation, it is believed it is in the students best interests to be given a call of action to move forward with the school year,” the petition reads.
At the press conference, Jeitschko said faculty will rework the syllabus for the remainder of the school year, including a lighter course load during the first week that classes resume. Students will be able to choose a no credit option at the end of the semester.
Jo Kovach, the university’s student body president, told the press conference that there are many different things that students need. “But know that administrators, faculty and staff are listening. This is our campus, and we’re not letting anybody take that from us.”