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Police identify Gautier murder victim

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MHP believes Lamb is traveling in a black Dodge Avenger with the Mississippi tag STF015. (Photo source: Gautier Police Department) MHP believes Lamb is traveling in a black Dodge Avenger with the Mississippi tag STF015. (Photo source: Gautier Police Department)
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Amy Prentiss (Photo source: Facebook) Amy Prentiss (Photo source: Facebook)
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

The man who is accused of killing a woman in Gautier has officially been upgraded to a suspect in the shooting that left one Delta State University professor dead Monday morning.

Gautier police Detective Matt Hoggatt said 45-year-old Shannon Lamb is wanted for the murder of Amy Prentiss, 41.

Lead investigator Lt. Scott Wilson said Lamb and Prentiss lived together on Santa Cruz Street. That’s where Prentiss’ body was found Monday morning after a call came in telling police about a shooting at the home.

Lamb is also a suspect in the shooting death of Ethan Schmidt, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol. Schmidt was a professor at DSU.

According to Bolivar County Coroner Murray Roark, Schmidt was shot and killed inside his office Monday morning.  

The DSU campus was placed on lockdown around 10:40 a.m. after the university issued an active shooter alert. The campus is still on lockdown, but officials believe Lamb has left the area.

MHP believes Lamb is traveling in a black Dodge Avenger with the Mississippi Stone County tag STF015. Gautier Police Chief Dante Elbin said early reports that Lamb was driving a green SUV were incorrect.

“Gautier police are assisted by state, local and federal agencies in locating and apprehending Shannon Lamb,” said Elbin.

Wilson said authorities spoke with Lamb sometime Monday, but they would not say when or how. Elbin did say Lamb made the statement that he will not go to jail.

“A message to our law enforcement officers across the state that are helping us in this search. We want to make sure you use extreme caution in dealing with this person,” said Elbin. “He has made the statement that he will not be going back to jail.”

Elbin said investigators are working with neighbors to create a time line of events.

If you have any information about this crime or that could lead police to Lamb, please call Gautier police at 228-497-2486 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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