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LIVE BLOG: 1 injured in MSU mass shooting in stable condition, 4 still in critical condition

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Posted at 8:58 PM, Feb 13, 2023

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Three people have died and at least five were injured in a mass shooting on Michigan State University's campus Monday night. The suspect is dead.

The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety released the names of three victims who were killed, Brian Fraser, Alexandria Verner and Arielle Diamond Anderson. Four of the five victims at Sparrow Hospital are still in critical condition Thursday.

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Live updates below:

UPDATE Thursday, 2 p.m. | The MSU Libraries will have therapy dogs available for anyone in the campus community in the Main Library from 1-5 p.m.

"Please feel free to stop by and snuggle a pup or two," a social media post said.

UPDATE Thursday, 12:07 p.m. | Police say they received a call from Sparrow Hospital, and one of the five victims at the hospital has been upgraded to stable condition.

UPDATE Thursday, 10:45 a.m. | Michigan State University officials, local, state and federal law enforcement gave an update Thursday morning about Monday night's mass shooting.

MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff said all five of the injured students at Sparrow Hospital are still in critical condition, but some of them are "seeing some signs of improvement."

Woodruff also said that Berkey Hall, one of the locations where the shooting took place, will remain closed for the remainder of the semester. The other shooting location, MSU Union, is still being evaluated and will be closed temporarily.

A Michigan State Police spokesperson confirmed that the shooting suspect, Anthony McRae, legally purchased the handguns he had on him which were two 9mm handguns. Police also found eight full magazines on McRae and 50 loose rounds of ammunition.

The campus is resuming standard operations, and at this time, classes will resume Monday.

UPDATE Thursday, 10 a.m. | Michigan State University Police and other law enforcement are holding a press conference at 10 a.m.

Watch it here:

UPDATE Thursday, 9:35 a.m. | Thousands of people gathered at The Rock and Spartan Statue for a vigil Wednesday night to honor and mourn the three students who died and the five who were critically-injured in Monday night's mass shooting.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, MSU basketball head coach Tom Izzo and MSU Police officers were among the people who attended.

The Department of Michigan State Police and Public Safety posted a photo from The Rock with an officer.

MSU police officers were also at the Michigan Capitol Wednesday afternoon where they were honored for their response to the mass shooting.

A news conference from officials is set to take place Thursday at 10 a.m. to give an update.

UPDATE 5:08 p.m. | MSUToday sent out an email Wednesday afternoon with a video statement from MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff responding to Monday night's shooting.

"Thank you to all who have shown support to our Spartan community," the email said. "We see you, we hear you, we are grateful for you."

Watch Woodruff's full remarks below:

The email also included a statement from the MSU Board of Trustees.

“This morning, the Board talked with families who lost their children due to senseless violence our community is suffering. We are devastated with them and for them. Please hold space with the entire Spartan community as we navigate the weeks ahead. We will get through this difficult time by healing together.

Take care of yourselves and one another. Please seek out support in our community if you need it.”

There were also resources included in the email for students, which included crisis support resources.

UPDATE Wednesday, 4 p.m. | The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety said on Twitter that the five injured victims from Monday night's shooting are still in critical condition.

The department also said they will not be releasing the names of the victims at this time.

FBI Detroit has set up a form to receive photos and video evidence or tips related to the shooting. You can submit any evidence here: https://t.co/WlokTPFfUU

The next news conference will happen at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Henry Center for Executive Development.

UPDATE Wednesday, 3:40 p.m. | A group of MSU students have organized a "Spartan Sunday" event to help fill the "Michigan State campus with love and support."

Organizers are asking people to bring trash bags to help clean up campus as well as "positivity posters to put on building, and/or flowers, snacks, candy, cards to hand out to students coming back to campus."

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, unless the return to campus date changes. The contact for the event is 810-334-5195

UPDATE Wednesday, 9:11 a.m. | The Michigan State community is planning a Spartan Walk Wednesday to mourn the lives lost in Monday's mass shooting.

A group is meeting at the Spartan Statue at 5 p.m., and then, they are walking over to The Rock for the 6 p.m. vigil.

UPDATE 8:40 p.m. | The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety announced that starting Wednesday the FBI's Detroit Field Office and Victim Services Division will be helping community members recover personal items left behind in Berkey Hall and the MSU Union.

"Students or representatives of students who were in the MSU Union are welcome to meet FBI employees and victim specialists at the west entrance of the building starting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 15," a release said. "Faculty and staff who were in or have office space in the MSU Union are welcome to arrive at the west entrance beginning at 4 p.m."

For Berkey Hall, the department said to stop by the east entrance of the hall at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

UPDATE 3:53 p.m. | The city of East Lansing has announced that there will be a vigil at The Rock on Michigan State's campus at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The city also announced that counseling services will continue to be offered at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) and the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) on Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for counseling:

  • ELHCC - counseling services from community-based counselors from noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • ELPL - counselors from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. | Clawson Public Schools will be hosting multiple candlelight vigils for Alexandria Verner, one of the three victims killed in Monday's mass shooting.

Verner graduated from Clawson High School in 2020 and was a junior at Michigan State.

The vigils will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the Clawson football field.

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. | President Joe Biden gave his first remarks about the mass shooting at MSU. He started his speech at the National Association of Counties event in Washington, DC, saying:

"I'm glad to be here with all of you, but before I begin I want to take a moment to say our hearts are with the students and families of Michigan State University. Last night, I spoke with Governor Whitmer and the FBI, and additional federal law enforcement are on the ground assisting the state and local folks. And three lives have been lost, five seriously injured. And it's a family's worst nightmare and it's happening far too often in this country. Far too often. While we gather more information, there's one thing that we do know to be true, we have to do something to stop gun violence ripping apart our communities."

UPDATE 2 p.m. | Throughout the day, MSU students and community members have been leaving flowers and notes at the Spartan Statue.

MSU students gather at Spartan Statue to mourn

One of the notes taped to the front of the statue read, "We are stronger than this act of hatred. We are family. Be there for each other. Rest in peace to those innocent souls. This must not define us, but it must inspire us because something needs to change. We are Spartan Strong."

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UPDATE 1:50 p.m. | Michigan State alumni have been reacting to the mass shooting on campus.

Both former professional basketball player Magic Johnson and Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins posted on social media.

UPDATE 1:20 p.m. | Ingham County Prosecutor John Dewane issued a statement regarding the deceased gunman, Anthony McRae.

Dewane released information about a 2019 case where McRae was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. On Oct. 24, 2019, McRae pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in or upon a vehicle, and he was sentenced to 12 months probation.

On May 14, 2021, McRae was discharged from probation.

Dewane finished his statement with call to address gun violence in the state.

"School shootings are becoming far too common in our state. The proliferation of guns in our cities and neighborhoods endangers us all," he said. "We support Governor Whitmer and our local representatives’ calls for action. It is time to address gun violence in this state and the gun laws that allow for it to continue, time and time again."

UPDATE 1:05 p.m. | President Joe Biden issued a statement Tuesday afternoon on the mass shooting at Michigan State University.

Here is the full statement:

Jill and I are praying for the three students killed and the five students fighting for their lives after last night’s shooting at Michigan State University. Our hearts are with these young victims and their families, the broader East Lansing and Lansing communities, and all Americans across the country grieving as the result of gun violence.

Last night, I spoke to Governor Whitmer and directed the deployment of all necessary federal law enforcement to support local and state response efforts. I assured her that we would continue to provide the resources and support needed in the weeks ahead.

Too many American communities have been devastated by gun violence. I have taken action to combat this epidemic in America, including a historic number of executive actions and the first significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years, but we must do more.

The fact that this shooting took place the night before this country marks five years since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, should cause every American to exclaim “enough” and demand that Congress take action.

As I said in my State of the Union address last week, Congress must do something and enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, closing loopholes in our background check system, requiring safe storage of guns, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. Action is what we owe to those grieving today in Michigan and across America.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. | Our sister station WXYZ in Detroit has identified all three victims killed in the mass shooting at Michigan State University Monday evening.

Family members confirmed to WXYZ that 19-year-old Arielle Diamond Anderson and 20-year-old Brian Fraser were two of the victims killed. Both graduated from the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

"Anderson's family tells us she loved children and wanted to be a pediatrician one day," WXYZ said.

The superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System sent a letter to families.

"Earlier this morning I learned that both Grosse Pointe North and South each have a recent graduate that died from their injuries last night at MSU," the letter said. "I can't even process what I just wrote. How can we have our community impacted in this personal way?"

The superintendent also sent out resources to parents.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. | The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety has released the names of two of the three victims killed.

The victims have been identified as sophomore Brian Fraser from Grosse Pointe and junior Alexandria Verner from Clawson, according to a news release.

"In respect to the family's wishes, we will not be releasing the third victim's name at this time," the release said.

The five injured victims all remain in the hospital in critical condition.

UPDATE 11: 45 a.m. | One of the three victims killed in Monday night's mass shooting on Michigan State's campus has been identified as Alexandria Verner.

She attended Clawson High School and graduated in 2020, according to a letter from Clawson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Billy Shellenbarger.

"Alex was and is incredibly loved by everyone.  She was a tremendous student, athlete, leader and exemplified kindness every day of her life," the letter said. "If you knew her, you loved her and we will forever remember the lasting impact she has had on all of us."

The district is providing additional mental health support to students.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. | Michigan State University and the surrounding area is providing mental health resources for community members impacted by Monday night's mass shooting.

We have compiled all of the mental health resources available in this article: Mental health resources for MSU community following mass shooting on campus Monday night

MSU Police also released an update at 11:23 a.m. saying that they are beginning to coordinate an effort to recover and return items that were left in Berkey Hall and the MSU Union when students fled from the shooting.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m. | Michigan State University Police said that a note was found on the suspect, and it is currently being investigated by law enforcement.

UPDATE 9 a.m. | At a press conference at 8 a.m., officials such as provided an update of the shooting on MSU campus.

The officials confirmed that the three people who were killed and the five injured were all MSU students. According to a spokesperson at Sparrow Hospital, 4 of the 5 victims had to undergo surgery, and one of the victims was immediately sent to the Critical Care Unit.

They also identified the suspect as 43-year-old Anthony McRae, and he was found in Lansing around 11:35 p.m.

Officials say the names of the victims will be released later today.

Michigan State Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff said classes would be canceled until Monday, but campus operations would resume after two days.

UPDATE 8 a.m. | Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined law enforcement officials and others to speak at an 8 a.m. news conference.

Watch it here:

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, officials update the public on Monday's MSU mass shooting

UPDATE 3 a.m. | MSU Agriculture Pavilion closed at 3 a.m., and no students students remained at the location.

UPDATE 2:30 a.m. | Michigan State University set up a Family Assistance Center at the MSU Agriculture Pavilion for families to pick up their students tonight.

A bus labeled "Pavilion" is picking up students across campus. The Capital Area Transportation Authority service will run until 3 a.m. and will resume as normal in the morning.

The pavilion is located at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Avenue.

UPDATE 1:30 a.m. | Law enforcement officials gave an update during a 1:30 a.m. press conference.

Officials said that the five people at Sparrow Hospital are in critical condition.

They also said that the suspect was a 43-year-old male, and law enforcement said they do not know of him having any connection to Michigan State.

Watch the press conference here:

UPDATE 12:30 a.m. | Michigan State University Police confirmed in their 12:20 a.m. news conference that the suspect was found, and he died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say there is no longer a threat to campus, and the shelter in place has been lifted.

UPDATE 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 | Police gave an update on the deadly shooting on the MSU campus.

Watch it here:

UPDATE 11:40 p.m. | MSU Police confirmed that three people have died in addition to five victims who have been transported to the hospital.

Police will be giving an update at 12:20 a.m.

ORIGINAL STORY Monday, Feb. 13 | Police are asking the public to avoid the Michigan State University campus after reports of shots fired near campus Monday night.

Michigan State University Police and Public Safety posted on social media saying there has been shots fired at Berkey Hall and the MSU Union. Police later reported that at least five people injured some with life threatening injuries, and victims are being transported to Sparrow Hospital.

MSU Police posted an update at 9:16 p.m. saying "the suspect is believed to be on foot right now. Community members on and off campus should continue to shelter in place."

MSU Police gave a description of the suspect saying it was a short male with a mask wearing a jean jacket, baseball cap and red shoes. After their 11 p.m. press conference, MSU Police sent out photos of the suspect.

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Surveillance photos released by MSU Police and Public Safety of a suspect in a shooting on Michigan State campus on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023.

Police are briefing the public at 11 p.m. at the Henry Center for Executive Development. Watch it here:

At 10 p.m., FBI Detroit said they are assisting.

Police are on the scene. They are asking people to secure in place.

"All campus activities are canceled for 48 hours, including athletics, classes and all campus-related activities," MSU Police said. "Please DO NOT come to campus tomorrow."

School districts across the Lansing area have also canceled classes Tuesday due to the shooting at MSU.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin said she was in contact with local officials about the situation on campus, and early Tuesday morning, she posted a Twitter thread responding to fatal shooting.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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