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Delta State University Shooting: Suspect Identified As Fellow Professor Shannon Lamb

Mon, September 14, 2015 7:31pm EDT by 2 Comments
Courtesy of Delta State

So scary. The suspect in the Delta State University shooting, which killed history professor Ethan Schmidt, has been identified as fellow professor, Shannon Lamb.

Delta State University professor Shannon Lamb, 45, has been named the suspect in the terrifying shooting that broke out on the Cleveland, Miss. campus on Sept. 14. Shannon, who allegedly shot and killed history professor Ethan Schmidt, is also reported to be the suspect in the murder of a woman in Gautier, Miss. that same morning.

Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham named Shannon as a person of interest in the horrific shooting that put the campus on immediate lockdown, according to PeopleShannon teaches undergraduate geography at the university, according to his Lamb’s Delta State bio. The victim, Ethan, was reportedly shot in the head while he was at his office. The history professor was married with three children, and had written several books and scholarly papers, taking a keen interest in Native American history.

Shannon is also a suspect in shooting a woman at a home they reportedly shared on a bayou. He confirmed her death to officials over the phone, according to SunHeraldGautier police believe he was living with the woman, and left the house before traveling to Delta State in a green SUV.

As previously reported, the campus shooting broke out the morning of Sept 14, and the school advised students to take immediate lockdown action. Classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the day as well as tomorrow, Sept. 15, according to the school’s website. In addition, counselors from public state institutions will conduct group and individual sessions. “Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations,” Don Alan Mitchell, a professor at the school, told the AP.

Our thoughts go out to the victims’ family and loved ones during this difficult time.

— Julianne Ishler