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Chancellor Jones releases statement this morning about Michigan State shooting

By Carley Edwards

Chancellor Jones released a mass mail this morning regarding the deadly school shooting on Michigan State University's campus last night.

Jones expresses sorrow and support to the fellow Big Ten University and East Lansing community. He says that "they are members of our family who are in our hearts as they mourn for those killed last night and as they pray for those who were injured."

According to Michigan State University Police, the first call reporting the active shooter occurred at 8:18 p.m. at Berkey Hall. Following was an immediate shelter-in-place order for campus and the surrounding community. At 11:35 p.m., officers were led to the suspect about twenty minutes after release of his photos. The suspect identified as 43-year-old, Anthony Dwayne McRae, died from a "self-inflicted gunshot wound."

There are five victims that remain in the hospital in critical condition and three deceased.

Chancellor Jones acknowledges the "disheartening truth that in today's society, universities and communities like ours make plans and practice responses to unthinkable events."

The statement says that there are plans in place to test how first responders and leadership at the University of Illinois would react various emergency scenarios.

The Division of Public Safety at the University of Illinois emphasizes the Run-Hide-Fight method.

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