Victim is history professor Ethan Schmidt, police tell PEOPLE

By Char Adams
Updated September 14, 2015 01:15 PM
Credit: Delta State University/Facebook

A history professor was shot and killed at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and the shooter is still at large, the Cleveland Police Department confirms to PEOPLE.

History professor Ethan Schmidt was the victim, police confirm to PEOPLE. According to his Facebook page, Schmidt was married with three children. Schmidt’s Delta State biography said he had written several books and scholarly papers and had expertise in Native American history.

Cops told CNN that Schmidt was shot in the head while he was in his office.

CNN also report that authorities have named named Shannon Lamb, who teaches geography at the school, as the suspect in the case. Lamb is also the suspect in the murder of a woman this morning in Gautier, Miss., which is more than 300 miles away.

According to Lamb’s Delta State bio, he teaches undergraduate and graduate geography.

Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said the suspect is no longer believed to be on the campus, according to KTAR.

According to the school’s website, classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the day and tomorrow. Counselors from other public state institutions will be on campus tomorrow to conduct group and individual sessions.

University Relations Vice President Michelle Roberts said at a news conference that the “school has been under lockdown and will continue to be throughout the day.”

Don Alan Mitchell, a professor at the school, told the AP that professors and staff are in contact to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations.”

Mitchell told the AP that Schmidt was “a gentleman in every sense of the word.”

He added, “Dr. Ethan Schmidt was a terrific family man, a good friend, a true son of Peabody, Kansas, and his beloved Emporia State University.”

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