LANSING, 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. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township) issued the following statement on the horrific shooting:
“The grief I feel today as we mourn the lives of three students and pray for the five who are still fighting for their lives is immense. My heart is aching for our entire Spartan community and especially the students, staff and families forever impacted by this shooting.
“Michigan State University is where I graduated from, where my husband works and where my children lived just a few years ago. Like many Spartan families, it’s been a special place for my family and so many others. A place for sporting events, concerts, ice cream with the family and excellent academic achievements.
“Last night, that special place became the site of trauma and tragedy for kids, parents, neighbors and our entire community. We as a state and nation must stop tolerating these horrific acts. For some of the students at MSU last night, this was the second shooting they experienced at school in fifteen months.
“We must not normalize this. Our schools should be safe places for children to learn and grow without fear. It’s time to take meaningful action to make our schools and communities safer.
“Hug your families today and reach out to your friends and neighbors to help process last night’s shooting. Our entire community is hurting, and we should all take some time to heal and recover together.”