Delta State University mourns professor shot, killed on campus

Dr. Ethan Schmidt

CLEVELAND, Miss. (WJTV) – – Faculty, staff, and students at Delta State University are mourning the loss of a professor after he was shot and killed on campus Monday morning.

DSU police contact Cleveland Police after they received a shots fired call from Jobe Hall around 10:18 a.m.

When police arrived on the scene, Dr. Ethan Schmidt was found. He died from his injuries. Dr. Schmidt was an American History professor at DSU.

A deputy coroner told us that Dr. Schmidt was shot in the head, possibly several times.

Shannon Lamb (Photo: Cleveland Police)
Shannon Lamb (Photo: Cleveland Police)

Now the hunt is on for another instructor. Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham said the person of interest is Shannon Lamb, an employee at Delta State. Authorities said they do not believe Lamb is still on the campus.

As a precaution, many students and staff have been evacuated from several buildings and were moved to the Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Gautier Police name Lamb as a suspect in a shooting that happened in Gautier. The name of that victim has not been released. Authorities did say the victim was a woman who lived with Lamb.

This is the home where a woman was shot in Gautier. Authorities are looking for Shannon Lamb in connection with this crime.
This is the home where a woman was shot in Gautier. Authorities are looking for Shannon Lamb in connection with this crime.

Classes have been canceled for Monday and Tuesday at DSU.

University Relations Vice President Michelle Roberts said it is a tragic situation, and the entire campus sends its heartfelt thoughts and sympathy to Professor Schmidt’s family.

“We are grieving on this campus with this loss, and our condolences are with the family at this time,” Roberts said.

“We want to say a special thanks to all of the law enforcement officials. As you’ve seen on our campus, they’ve come out from every aspect of this state – state, city and county,” Roberts said. “We really appreciate everything they are doing to apprehend the person of interest, and we feel very confident with the work that they are doing,” she said.

Counselors from other public state institutions will be on campus tomorrow to conduct group sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and individual sessions will be available beginning at 10 a.m. The locations for the sessions will be released by 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The Institution of Higher Learning issued this statement about the shooting:

“The Board of Trustees and I are extremely saddened by the passing of Delta State University professor Ethan Schmidt. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We commend the Delta State University police and leadership for the quick response to the situation and their efforts to keep students, faculty and staff safe. We would also like to thank the other law enforcement agencies who have responded for their immediate and ongoing assistance to the university. We are in constant communication with the campus and are working with campus officials to provide assistance where needed.”

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