Gunman kills three and injures five after opening fire at US university – Michigan State University

At least three people have been killed and five injured after a gunman opened fire at a university in Michigan.

Police ordered students and staff at Michigan State University to take cover after there were reports of shots fired at around 8.30pm local time (1.30am GMT) last night.

Officers rushed to Berkey Hall, an academic building on campus of the university with around 50,000 students.

The alert told students and staff to ‘secure-in-place immediately’ and to monitor the university website for more information.

It said: ‘Run, Hide, Fight. Run means evacuate away from danger if you can do so safely, hide means to secure-in-place, and fight means to protect yourself if no other option.’

Some students barricaded themselves inside their rooms using their beds to block doorways and to stay safe.

Cops described the suspect as a short man with a jean jacket and ball cap, and it was later reported that he had apparently shot himself off campus.

His motive is currently unknown, and police said he died of a ‘self-inflicted’ gun wound.

Police investigate the scene of a shooting at Berkey Hall on the campus of Michigan State University, late Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
Police outside Berkey Hall on the campus of Michigan State University after the shooting (Picture: AP)

It came four hours after shootings were reported, first at Berkey Hall and then nearby at the MSU Union, a popular place to eat or study.

At least five victims were taken to Sparrow Hospital, some of which have life-threatening injuries, according to Chris Rozman, the University Police Department’s interim deputy police chief.

Aedan Kelley, a junior who lives a half-mile east of campus, said he locked his doors and covered his windows ‘just in case’.

Emergency personnel respond to a shooting at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., February 13, 2023. REUTERS/Dieu-Nalio Chery
The killer shot three people dead and injured five (Picture: Reuters)
A person, thought to be the suspect, walks up a flight of stairs as he enters a building, amidst a shooting incident, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S. February 13, 2023. MSU Police and Public Safety via Twitter/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT
The suspect is said to have shot himself off campus after the brutal attack (Credits: via REUTERS)
A stretcher is unloaded from an ambulance outside the Michigan State University Union following shootings on campus on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, in East Lansing, Mich. (Nick King/Lansing State Journal via AP)
A number of victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries (Picture: AP)
First responders prepare to sweep Snyder Hall on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. Police urged frightened students and others to shelter in place as they searched for a gunman who opened fire Monday night at the university. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
Students were told to lock themselves in their rooms while the gunman was on the loose (Picture: AP)

Sirens were constant, he said, and a helicopter hovered overhead.

‘It’s all very frightening,’ Mr Kelley said. ‘And then I have all these people texting me wondering if I’m OK, which is overwhelming.’

Authorities announced late on Monday that all campus activities would be cancelled for 48 hours, including athletics and classes. Via Twitter, people were advised not to come to campus on Tuesday.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said that she had been briefed on the situation and sent her support to staff and students.

She said on Twitter: ‘Let’s wrap our arms around the Spartan community tonight..we will keep everyone updated as we learn more.’

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