Gunman Kills Self After Fatally Shooting Girlfriend and Delta State University History Professor

Gunman Kills Self After Fatally Shooting Girlfriend and Delta State University History Professor

*UPDATED: 9/15 1 a.m. EST*

Authorities say Shannon Lamb, who was suspected of killing his girlfriend Amy Prentiss as well as Delta State University professor Ethan Schmidt, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police chase near Greenville, Mississippi. 

Officials said Greenville Police Department tried to initiate a stop, at which point Lamb ran and stopped and got out on foot. Police heard a shot, and shortly thereafter, Lamb was found with a gunshot wound.

He and Prentiss were dating for about three years and while a friend, Lindsay Knowles, told the Biloxi Sun Herald Prentiss wrote to her that they sometimes fought, there was no violence mentioned.

Authorities speculate there was a love triangle going on between the three now deceased.

Amy Prentiss, right, with her daughter, 19-year-old singer Abigail Osteen.

Amy Prentiss, right, with her daughter, 19-year-old singer Abigail Osteen.

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An “active shooter” remains at large on campus at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, according to a tweet from the school.

Scores of local and federal law enforcement agents are scouring the campus to try to find the shooter, Clarion-Ledger reports.

Social sciences professor Shannon Lamb is the suspect in a shooting in a home that he and a woman shared on a bayou in Gautier, which is five hours south of the university, and he is allegedly tied to the shooting at DSU. 

The victim in Gautier has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, but authorities told reporters that Lamb and the victim were romantically involved. 

Gautier police, in a news conference just after noon, said police believe Lamb, 45, was living with the woman in Gautier and left the house Monday and travelled to Delta State in a green SUV.

Shannon Lamb (Image source: Delta State University website)

Shooter Shannon Lamb (Image source: Delta State University website)

Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark said history professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in the head while in his office at Delta State University on Monday.

Delta State University history professor Ethan A. Schmidt. (Image source: Delta State University)

Delta State University history professor Ethan A. Schmidt. (Image source: Delta State University)

Authorities say they don’t believe the alleged shooter is still on campus. They do have his green SUV, and believe he may be in another vehicle. 

Meanwhile friends who have posted on his page are begging him to turn himself in.

The campus remains on lockdown and students and faculty are being advised to stay away from windows. 

Classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day and Monday night, as well as 90th anniversary commemorative events set for Tuesday.

All faculty, staff and students who have been cleared from academic buildings are being moved to Sillers Coliseum. Students currently in residence halls should remain there.

Campus administrators are working to get food, water and counselors to the Coliseum. Police are working to clear all campus buildings, and students, faculty and staff should stay where they are until they are escorted out.

Student Caleb Smith was on his way to get breakfast when he got the alert.

“I was just walking toward the building when I got the message, so I turned around and went back to my room,” he said. “I have no idea where the shooter could have been.”

Smith’s roommate was in the building next to the shooting. He said he has not heard from him yet.

Delta State has about 4,000 students and is located in Cleveland, which is a city of just over 12,000 people.

This is a developing news story. Updates have been added.

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