Delta State University officials have confirmed that one person has been killed and say they have locked down their campus after there were reports of an active shooter on campus.
Local Police are now reporting the person killed was history professor Ethan Schmidt.
University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish confirmed that the lock down began Monday morning and that students, faculty and staff are being advised to take shelter. http://www.deltastate.edu/
The university’s Twitter account is keeping staff and students up to date:
Campus remains under lockdown. Please do not leave the building. Stay away from windows. More information will be sent out as available.
— Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015
“Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations,” Don Allan Mitchell, an English professor, wrote in a Facebook message to The Associated Press. “Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe.”
He said police helicopters were in the air, and officers were sweeping buildings.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding.
The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi’s Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.