A geography and social science instructor at Mississippi’s Delta State University was named a “person of interest” in the fatal campus shooting of a history professor on Monday, police said.
Authorities said they were searching for university employee Shannon Lamb in connection with the killing of Ethan Schmidt, an assistant professor of American history who was gunned down in a campus building.
The shooting left students and staff in Cleveland, Mississippi, on edge for several hours as police locked down the school and searched buildings following reports of active gunfire.
Cleveland Police Chief Charles “Buster” Bingham told an afternoon news conference that authorities did not believe Lamb was still on the campus, which is near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.
“We’re not taking anything lightly,” he added.
Bingham would not comment on Lamb’s possible connection to Schmidt.
The chief said investigators were looking into the possibility that Lamb was involved in an earlier homicide in Gautier, a town five to six hours south of Delta State on the Mississippi Gulf coast.
Gautier police detective Matt Hoggatt told CNN that police responding to the scene of a shooting reported there shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday found a woman shot and killed.
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