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Another GSU shooting leaves one dead

Several victims injured, investigation ongoing
Sunday, October 17, 2021
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Update, Oct. 17 at 12:10 p.m. — Social media video claiming to be shot at the incident added.

Oct. 17 at 5:40 p.m. — New story on another shooting that happened off campus a few hours before the GSU incident. Authorities don't know if they're connected.

Oct. 17 at 8:40 p.m. — Latest update story on the GSU shooting

GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University campus was the scene of a second deadly shooting incident in less than a week early this morning.

According to a release from the university, several people were injured and one killed in a shooting in the quad area around 1:15 a.m while a homecoming event was going on in the nearby McCall Dining Center.

The fatal victim was a non-student, while one student was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The university said campus security was on hand at the dining hall and instituted a shelter-in-place in the building until the all-clear was given.

Campus has been cleared for normal operations, but homecoming events slated for today and regular classes on Monday have both been canceled. GSU's soccer game set for 1 p.m. today has also been postponed.

This morning a video was posted to Instagram that the user claims was taken at the shooting. It shows a large crowd gathered in the quad when what sounds like seven gunshots can be heard, followed by several more.

Content warning: violence, gunshots

This incident comes after a shooting altercation on Wednesday at the student union, reportedly between two non-students, that left one dead and injured multiple students.

Like the previous shooting, today's is under investigation by Louisiana State Police. Any information regarding the incident should be sent to LSP at (318) 345-0000 or GSU police at (318) 374-2222.

“Our campus community has worked tirelessly to keep our students and others safe for the homecoming activities,” GSU President Rick Gallot said in the release. “Yet, with all of our planning and coordination with our 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. Why would someone come to the campus of our Dear Ole Grambling and shoot innocent people?”

This is a developing story. The Leader will provide further updates from agencies who responded to the incident as information becomes available.