Mass Shooting at Michigan State University

Ella Aikens ‘23, Business and Ad Manager 

On Feb. 13, around 8:20 p.m., a mass shooting broke out on the campus of Michigan State University. Three students were killed, and five others were injured and in critical condition. 

The first call reporting an active shooter took place at 8:18 p.m. in Berkey Hall. A shelter in place was immediately issued to all students on campus and surrounding areas. Officers throughout Michigan responded to the campus and began to conduct a comprehensive search in an attempt to locate the suspect. Hundreds of MSU students were calling in with tips of where they thought the suspect was, but after more information was gathered and released, it was revealed the suspect had only opened fire first at Berkey Hall and then at the Student Union. 

The suspect was captured on campus security cameras around 11:00 p.m.. A caller’s tip was able to lead officers to the suspect’s location at approximately 11:35 p.m., only 17 minutes after the release of photos showing the suspect. He was later identified as 43-year-old Anthony Dwayne McRae. Before he could be taken into custody, police discovered he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. McRae never attended the university or had any affiliation with it. 

On Friday, March 3, two more Michigan State students wounded in the shooting were discharged from the hospital. One student still remains hospitalized in critical condition, and another is in fair condition. A doctor who was on the scene helping with the injured victims said, “I don’t think there’s any trick or special way of getting over or seeing these types of events, especially children who have been injured or hurt in these kinds of incidents.” He continued, “So there isn’t any easy way to know go home to make sure your family is okay and try to sleep and that doesn’t happen easily. It usually takes several days to start to feel normal again from these kinds of events.” 

 The University of Michigan (U of M) showed Michigan State their support during the U of M vs. MSU game in Ann Arbor on Feb. 18. Michigan lit up their stadium in green and made custom shirts for their players and fans that read ‘Spartan Strong’. The Michigan band also learned the MSU alma mater and played it during the break. U of M was not the only university to show their support, teams across the BIG10 made warm up shirts for their players and staff, which were worn during their basketball games. This was accompanied with a moment of silence before the game. 

This shooting comes a year and a half after the Oxford High School shooting, with this tragedy becoming the second mass shooting experience for some students. 

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