Update: Suspect Shannon Lamb reportedly shot and killed himself after being chased by police.
Delta State University remains on lockdown and classes have been cancelled as police try to find the suspect in a campus shooting Monday that left one faculty member dead. The victim, assistant professor of history, Ethan A. Schmidt, was found dead in his office, authorities reported at a press conference. The suspect in this case is Shannon Lamb, who is also an employee of the school.
A few hours before shots were fired at Delta State Monday morning, a 41-year-old woman, Amy Prentiss, was found dead in a home in Gautier, Mississippi. The two fatalities have been linked together by authorities and, while no motive is confirmed, some outlets are reporting that this is a tragedy borne out of a love triangle.
Police believe Lamb is traveling in Cleveland, Mississippi and they have identified the car Lamb is driving, urging drivers to contact them should they see the vehicle in question:
The person of interest in the Delta State shooting today is possibly driving a black Dodge Avenger with a Stone County tag number STF015.— Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015
Until the culprit is captured, Delta State has been updating students on its Twitter feed in regards with new strict campus security rules.
All other items will be secured for the night, and buildings will be locked. Students will not be allowed to take backpacks or bags.— Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015
This post will updated as more information comes to light.