Jackson State University officials said that an active shooter was on their campus in Mississippi on December 4. The school’s lockdown ended at around 12:00 p.m. local time.
A tweet from the school’s official account at 11:39 a.m. read, “We have an active shooter on campus. The suspected shooter is in a black Honda Accord, license plate number MAC 0214. The entire campus community should take shelter immediately. The campus is currently on lockdown. We will notify you when the situation is resolved.”
The Jackson Police Department tweeted that they are investigating a shooting in the area of the university, at the 1100 block of Lynch Street, where a male was shot. The police said that the man’s condition was unknown. No motive or suspect info is available, police said. Less than 30 minutes previous to that tweet, the police department said that another man had been shot under 10 miles from campus along Lyndon B. Johnson Drive. The victim was shot in the chest. It’s unclear if the two shootings are related.
Jackson State University is a historically black university in Jackson, Mississippi. The school is the fourth largest in the state. There are over 7,700 enrolled at the school in addition to over 1,600 members of staff including faculty. Jackson State University’s president is Dr. William B. Bynum. On their official website, Jackson State University is described as “a diverse, technologically-advanced four-year university steeped in history and committed to preparing its students to become global leaders.”