Overnight on Monday, Feb. 17, Alcorn State University was notified by local authorities that four of our students were involved in a shooting that occurred at a non-university event venue 13 miles north of campus off Highway 61 in Claiborne County.
Three of the students were transported to the Claiborne County Medical Center in Port Gibson. We are deeply saddened to report that two students have passed as a result of critical injuries suffered in the shooting. One student is being treated at the hospital and is listed in stable condition. The university is working to notify all family members before releasing the names of the victims.
Claiborne County and state law enforcement authorities indicate the alleged perpetrator(s) are still at large. Although campus safety was not compromised, out of an abundance of caution, Alcorn Campus Police instituted a lockdown on all campuses. The lockdown has been lifted and the university is open for normal business operations.
The university’s Division of Student Affairs Office of Counseling Services will have counselors available to any students, faculty, or staff impacted by this tragic and traumatic event. We also ask the public and media to respect student privacy at this time.
Alcorn State University extends our heartfelt prayers to the families and loved ones of the students we lost and humbly ask for the university community’s thoughts and prayers for the full recovery of those injured and impacted as a result of this unfortunate event. As more information is gathered, we will share it accordingly.