PONTIAC, Mich., Feb. 14, 2023 — A mass shooting took place on the Michigan State University campus beginning around 8:20 p.m. last night. Campus police have confirmed that three students were killed and five remain in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Two of the three victims’ names were released today — Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser and Alexandria Verner. The shooting triggered a manhunt that continued for hours, ending with the gunman dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooter has no apparent link to the university, and his motive is still unknown. The investigation is ongoing. State Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) issued the following statement on the horrific shooting:
“I felt a mixture of emotions last night when I heard the news. I felt horror, disgust, anger and sadness, among others. It hasn’t even been two years since the Oxford High School shooting, and yet no meaningful action has been taken to prevent a situation like this.
“Enough is enough. We cannot fail the victims, their friends, their families and their teachers. It is time we address the issue of gun violence with actions, not words.
“We must pass common-sense legislation like universal background checks and safe storage laws to try to prevent another mass shooting like this from occurring. It’s time for us to put an end to the gun violence epidemic once and for all.
“I want to give my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the MSU students. I am sorry that we failed to stop this from happening. As someone whose family has suffered from gun violence, I understand what you are going through. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to others to talk about what you are feeling. Know that there are resources and people willing to listen.”