A gunman is at large following a shooting at Grambling State University, which occurred just after midnight on Wednesday. The shooter has already killed a student and a campus visitor.
Earl Andrews, a 23-year-old senior, and his friend Monquiarious Caldwell, also 23, were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Washington Post. The Washington Post also notes the university is historically black, but does not address whether or not the crimes were racially motivated.
“An unknown suspect shot the two of them and fled,” said Will Sutton, the university’s director of communications.
Police say the shooting began as “an altercation that started inside one of the dorm rooms and spilled out into the courtyard."
“It’s a horrible thing to happen on any day of the week, any week,” Sutton said. “It’s particularly unfortunate that it’s Homecoming Week, an annual, joyful series of days, where we have people returning home to campus. … Nobody wants to return to something like this.”
The school sent emergency text messages to students warning them of the situation and advising them to stay in their rooms.
Tweets from the school say that classes have resumed as per usual:
The victims' families are now in mourning.
“He was a very active person, everybody loved him,” Andrews' mother, Juanita Augman, told The Post. “And he was very respectable [...] I love all my kids but he was just a special one — everybody loved him."
No suspects have been publicly named in the shooting just yet. The local sheriff's department has taken over the investigation from campus police.