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MHP: Gautier murder suspect person of interest in DSU shooting

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Gautier police believe a man accused of killing a woman on Santa Cruz Street could be linked to an active shooter situation on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Gautier police spokesman Capt. Jerry Cooksey identified the suspect as 45-year-old Shannon Lamb. According to the DSU website, Lamb is a social science professor at the university.

Detective Matt Hoggatt said Lamb was last seen driving a green SUV. Hoggatt also confirmed a vehicle matching that description was found on the DSU campus Monday morning.

Cooksey said detectives believe Lamb shot and killed a woman he was romantically involved with at a home on Santa Cruz Street. Cooksey said Lamb called police around 10:20 a.m. Monday and reported the murder.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

The DSU campus has been on lockdown since an active shooter alert was issued by the university around 10:40 a.m. According to Bolivar County Coroner Murray Roark, a DSU professor, identified as Ethan A. Schmidt, was shot and killed in his office Monday morning. Schmidt was an assistant professor of American history.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, Lamb is a person of interest in the shooting death of Schmidt

Several law enforcement agencies are working together to bring the campus shooter into custody. Dr. Glenn Boyce, Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education, released this statement Monday afternoon:

The Board of Trustees and I are extremely saddened by the passing of Delta State University professor Ethan Schmidt. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We commend the Delta State University police and leadership for the quick response to the situation and their efforts to keep students, faculty and staff safe. We would also like to thank the other law enforcement agencies who have responded for their immediate and ongoing assistance to the university. We are in constant communication with the campus and are working with campus officials to provide assistance where needed.

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