By Kaden Scharnow
Panic spread on Michigan State University’s campus when gunshots rang out Monday night, February 13th. The gunman opened fire in two buildings, Berkey Hall and the Michigan State Union where he killed three students and critically injured 5 others before 8:30 p.m. Emails were immediately sent out to students, most of whom were in dormitories, libraries, or classrooms, to immediately shelter while authorities searched for the gunman.
The gunman in question, 43 year old Anthony McRae, was found dead off-campus with a caller’s tip around 11:30 pm. He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The gunman had no ties to the university and no history of mental illness. He was also not on any medication. His father explained in a phone interview on Tuesday his son having increased anger after his mother’s death in 2020, and that he also briefly lived in a homeless shelter in Cincinnati. As of now, there is still no known motive for his rampage.
The victims were 20 year old Brian Fraser, a Sophomore from Grosse Pointe, Mich., 20 year old Alexandria Verner, a junior from Clawson, Mich., and 19 year old Diamond Anderson from Harper Woods, Mich. All three victims, along with the 5 critically injured, were students at the university. The wounded remained in critical condition and are being treated at Sparrow Hospital according to authorities.
President Biden called for Congress to “do more” to curb gun violence on Tuesday, saying it was “what we owe to those grieving” in Michigan and the US and that the shooting was “a family’s worst nightmare”.
All classes at Michigan State have been canceled throughout the week and will resume on Monday, February 20th. The investigation is still ongoing.