Shooting death of student at Georgia university investigated

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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 10:46 AM

By Rich McKay

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The fatal shooting of a student on the campus of Georgia's Savannah State University was under investigation on Friday, with no arrests immediately reported a day after the confrontation that resulted in the man's death.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an "altercation" late on Thursday at the university's student union, the school said in a statement. He was transported to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

The school said no arrests had been made, and that Starks was the only person transported for medical attention following the incident.

The campus of the historically black university is in the heart of Savannah, Georgia's oldest city, located on the Atlantic coast.

The incident, which prompted a two-hour lockdown as police swept the area for the shooter, came a day after two television journalists were killed by a gunman during a live broadcast in Virginia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the lead agency investigating, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Students were planning a lunch-hour prayer vigil, the university said on its Twitter page.

"This is our brother. We will stand together to mourn his loss and uplift his life," the student government association said in a flyer posted to social media.

(Writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)