Four days after a fatal shooting at Grambling State University (GSU) in Louisiana, campus authorities reported that another shooting took place on campus Sunday morning, leaving one person dead and seven others injured.
Shots were fired around 1:15 am in the campus’ quad area. A recent tweet from the university disclosed that one student from GSU was wounded, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. The others, including the deceased victim, are not affiliated with the school.
Local police identified Jatavious Carroll, 18, as a possible suspect but have not taken him into custody.
GramFam, now the is the time to be Unapologetically Unified as we rally to comfort one another after this morning’s incident. The campus has been cleared for normal operations, however, homecoming events scheduled for 10/17 have been canceled along w/classes on 10/18. pic.twitter.com/eTI0ssCOgI
— Grambling State Univ (@Grambling1901) October 17, 2021
“With all of our planning and all of our coordination between our chief, assistant chief and the entire Grambling State University Police Department, along with our Sheriff Stephen Williams, local parish, regional and state law enforcement partners, we still find ourselves grieving the loss of life and injuries just as too many communities in our country have experienced, as well,” said GSU President Rick Gallot.
Outsiders Stay Outside
AP reported that the first shooting took place early Wednesday morning near the school’s Favrot Student Union (FSU). Three people were injured and one later died of his wounds, but no one from GSU was hurt.
Local authorities still haven’t identified the motive behind the shootings but do not see any connection between the two incidents. Classes and homecoming activities, such as the annual football game and parties scheduled on October 17 and 18, have been canceled to ensure the safety of students and employees.
Gallot announced that FSU would limit extracurricular activities and tighten non-student access to the campus. Furthermore, a curfew from 9:30 pm to 6 am was imposed after school officials determined the role non-students have played in endangering GSU students and the community.
“Our students come here for an education and far too often it’s outsiders who have created these situations that have put life and limb in danger,” Gallot noted. “That’s not why we’re here. That’s not what we’re about after 120 years, and so again, our priority is keeping our students safe.”