MSU shooter ID’d; athletic events still on hold
EAST LANSING, Michigan — Police have identified a 43-year-old man who killed three students and wounded five others at Michigan State University. fatally shot.
Investigators were still figuring out why Anthony McRae opened fire at Burke Hall and the MSU Union – a popular place to eat and learn – shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday. The shooting led to a campus closure and a manhunt that ended about three hours later.
“We have no idea what the motive was,” said Chris Roseman, deputy campus police chief, adding that McRae was not a Michigan student or employee. He said police confronted McRae before he killed himself.
MSU police have identified three murdered students: Ariel Anderson, a freshman from Grosse Point, Michigan; Brian Fraser, sophomore from Grosse Pointe; and Alexandria Werner, a junior from Clawson, Michigan.
All Michigan State games are scheduled for Wednesday — men’s basketball was scheduled to host Minnesota at 7:00 pm ET; the men’s tennis team was scheduled to receive Drake at 5:00 pm; and the women’s basketball court were scheduled to visit Purdue at 7:00 pm but were delayed. Michigan State said new dates for all three games would be announced at a later date.
No additional delays were reported on Tuesday as the school called it “a fluid situation and information is subject to change.” The only other home games scheduled this week are women’s tennis against Marshall on Friday and women’s basketball against Maryland on Saturday.
“Today, the focus of the sports department is on the mental health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff,” said athletic director Alan Haller. “Across campus, different departments are doing the same to make sure everyone gets the resources they need.
“To everyone who extended a helping hand to our community, I express my sincere gratitude. The outpouring of support from across the G10 conference and across the country has been overwhelming. It is clear that while we may compete on the court, we are truly united by our common humanity.
“At some point in the coming days, we will return to the competition field. For some, games will provide an instant escape from our shattered reality, but we must never lose sight of the fact that life has been irrevocably changed for all of us. the obligation to look after each other has never been more necessary.”
The university’s interim president, Teresa Woodruff, said the recess will be a time to “think, grieve and come together.”
The Big Ten said in a statement that she was in “constant contact” with MSU campus leaders.
“The entire conference holds the Spartan community close to its heart as we all try to make sense of these senseless acts of violence,” the statement said.
President of the University of Michigan This is stated in a statement by Santa Ono. that “our hearts are broken” by the MSU family and that many in the UM community are “convulsed by this tragedy.”
The Big Ten had minutes of silence before the Michigan-Wisconsin and Nebraska-Rutgers men’s basketball games on Tuesday night.
The Detroit Lions offered “prayers and support” to the community.
“Last night, our state and society suffered once again from an act of senseless violence,” the team wrote on social media. “Our prayers and support as an organization with the Michigan community.”
All of the dead and injured were Michigan State students, Roseman said. Five remain in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital, Dr. Denny Martin said, holding back tears during a press conference.
“Today our Spartan community has been shaken,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Michigan State alumnus, said at a briefing.
According to her, President Joe Biden expressed his support during a telephone conversation.
“We mourn the loss of beautiful souls and pray for those who continue to fight for their lives… Another place that should be dedicated to community and unity shattered by bullets and bloodshed,” Whitmer said.
Michigan State has approximately 50,000 students, including 19,000 students living on campus.
This report uses information from the Associated Press and Adam Rittenberg of Sportzshala.