US university lockdown as shooter kills professor

Greenville police followed Lamb but did not try to apprehend him, Bingham said.


Lt. Scott Wilson and another police officer whose name was not given said during a news conference in Gautier earlier Monday that they had spoken with Lamb, who told them he was “not going to jail”. They would not say when or how they spoke to him.

Shannon Lamb, a social science instructor at Delta State University, killed himself after being cornered by police as they tried to initiate a traffic stop, the Jackson Clarion Ledger and WALA-TV reported.

When police gave chase, they heard one gunshot and then found Lamb.

The school’s president says students, faculty and staff are invited to campus to attend a vigil this evening for history professor Ethan Schmidt.

Authorities suspected a link between the university shooting and the fatal shooting of a woman in the town of Gautier, almost 500km away in southern Mississippi.

Police are investigating the possibility the shooting suspect is connected to a murder that happened in Gautier, Mississippi.

The university’s Twitter account says the shooter was spotted near Jobe Hall.

Don Allan Mitchell, a colleague, called Schmidt “a gentleman in every sense of the word” and “a terrific family man”. The lockdown was lifted hours later, but security remained tight.

Delta State, in northern Mississippi, was locked down as police searched for Lamb for approximately 12 hours. Later reports said the gunman had fled to another building.

UPDATE 1:02 p.m.: An official has confirmed the death of one professor during the shooting at Delta State University.

The professor killed in his office at a university in Mississippi has been identified as Ethan Schmidt, who worked in the history department.

Students were later seen being escorted out of buildings by armed police, walking in lines with their arms raised above their heads. “He was an absolutely delightful student”, said Karen Manners Smith.

A law enforcement officer stands watch as emergency vehicles clog a road adjacent to Delta State University after an active shooter was reported in Cleveland, Miss., Monday, September 14, 2015.


Ms Robertson has been in the United States on a tennis scholarship for three-and-a-half years, and told 9NEWS she has heard about multiple school shootings across the country but never thought she would be caught up in one. According to his resume, posted on the university’s website, his research focused on public memory suppression, stakeholder perceptions of high stakes testing and utilizing student perceptions as predictors of high stakes testing.

Shannon Lamb