Michigan State releases description of suspect in reported shootings

10:15 P.M. — MSU police in a social media post about 10 p.m. said they are seeking a short male with a mask in connection with the reported shootings on campus Monday night. The department added it was “still receiving multiple calls of an active shooter on campus and that of 10:04 p.m. “a person is actively shooting at the East Lansing campus.”

One body bag could be seen on the ground outside of the north side of MSU union on Grand River.

Ben Finkelstein, a senior, said he was sheltering in place in his room at at 1855 Place.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been this scared,” he said. “I’ve been listening to the police scanner for an hour.”

Finkelstein said he was hiding under a pile of dirty laundry in his first floor room. He closed all of his blinds and turned off his lights.

“It’s far too late for this to be called a wake up call,” he said. “The sad truth is I doubt we’re going to be the last. Other than that, I’m praying for everybody.”

A line of 10 ambulances was waiting outside the Broad Art Museum. Victims are currently being transported to Sparrow Hospital, university police said.

They added that Brody Snyder/Phillips, Mason, Abbot, Landon and Berkey halls as well as the MSU Union have all been cleared or secured.

East Lansing Public Schools canceled classes Tuesday. A group of people, including a State Journal reporter who had been attending a Board of Education meeting in the high school auditorium were ordered by East Lansing police to shelter inside the high school auditorium.

9:40 P.M. – Michigan State University police said a second reported shooting occurred shortly after 9:25 p.m. at IM East in the 800 block of E. Shaw Lake on campus, about 50 minutes after a reported shooting took place at Berkey Hall in the 500 block of E. Circle Drive.

The department said a lone shooting suspect is believed to be on the loose on campus; students and staff should continue to shelter in place.

MSU’s campus was eerily quiet, the loudest sounds being the beeping of crosswalk sensors, a bell toning and the occasional siren as dozens of officers patrolled carrying long guns and red and blue lights lit up the area around MSU Union building at Abbot Road in East Lansing.

MSU police order students, staff to shelter in place for shots fired report

Police and emergency vehicles sit on Michigan State University's campus as police search for an active shooter on Mon., Feb. 13, 2023.

8:35 P.M. — EAST LANSING — A suspect in a reported shooting on Michigan State University’s campus is “believed to be on foot right now,” according to a post on social media about 9:16 p.m. by university police.

In an alert sent shortly after 8:30 p.m., the university’s police department alerts by text, email and phone that read” “MSU Police report shots fired incident occurring on or near the East Lansing campus. Secure-in-Place immediately. Run, Hide, Fight.

Police and emergency personnel respond to an active shooter report at Michigan State University on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023.

In the most recent alert, police said students and staff should continue to shelter in place and that police are continuing to respond.

“Run means evacuate away from danger if you can do so safely, Hide means to secure-in-place, and Fight means protect yourself if no other option. Monitor alert.msu.edu for information.”

East Lansing and MSU police could not be immediately reached for comment. The city of East Lansing on Twitter posts that “Shots have been fired on the MSU campus. The shooter is still at large. Police are active on the scene. Community members on and off campus should shelter in place immediately.”

The East Lansing High School auditorium, where a school board meeting was being held Monday night, was locked down and people were being prevented from leaving by East Lansing police.

This is a developing story.


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