Louisiana university cancels classes after second shooting in three days

Louisiana university cancels classes after second shooting in three days
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A university in Louisiana canceled classes for two days after a second fatal shooting within a week on campus.

"Earlier this morning at 1:00 a.m., multiple shots were fired in the quad area of campus," Grambling State University said in a statement Sunday. "At the time of the incident, a homecoming event was underway in McCall Dining Center," the statement continues.

The Sunday shooting was the second at the university in a period of three days, following one on Oct. 13 between two students, leaving one dead and another wounded, Fox 8 reported.

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"The initial investigation revealed that there was a shooting on campus in which eight victims were shot," Louisiana State Police said in a Facebook post Sunday evening. "One victim has been pronounced dead and the other victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment."

Out of all the victims, one was currently enrolled in GSU, according to the statement from the university and state police.

Michael Reichardt, a public information officer with the LSP, confirmed to USA Today that one person had been left wounded with non-life-threatening injuries and that police had not yet discovered a motive behind the shooting.

LSP is still looking for a suspect and have said the investigation is "active and on-going," according to the Sunday evening statement on Facebook.

The university noted that even though they had been cleared by university police to go about normal operations, it would be implementing a curfew between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6 a.m., canceling homecoming events scheduled for Oct. 17, and canceling classes on both Monday and Tuesday.

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Rick Gallot, president of GSU, said going forward the university would be implementing security measures limiting access to the campus for non-students, as well as campus extracurricular activities, according to USA Today.

"Our students come here for an education and far too often it's outsiders who have created these situations that have put life and limb in danger," Gallot said.

According to its website, GSU is a "comprehensive, historically-black, public" university. For the fall 2020-2021 academic year, the university saw an undergraduate enrollment rate of 4,511 and a graduate enrollment rate of 927.

The Washington Examiner reached out to GSU and LSP for a statement but did not receive a response back.

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