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Two Alcorn State students killed in off-campus shooting

LORMAN — The Alcorn State University family is grappling with the death of two students after a shooting outside the Lorman campus late Monday evening. Two other students were reportedly injured in the shooting.

In a statement, Alcorn State University officials reported that four of its students were involved in a shooting that occurred at a non-university event venue 13 miles north of campus off Highway 61 in Claiborne County.

Three students were taken to the Claiborne County Medical Center after a shooting that happened south of Port Gibson at a hangout spot called The Ark.

Two of the students died at the hospital. A third student was transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is listed in stable condition, the University new release said.

Officials said the university is working to notify all family members before releasing the names of the victims.

The news release also said Claiborne County and state law enforcement authorities indicate the alleged perpetrator(s) are still at large.

According to a news release from Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement officials have identified a person of interest connected to the shooting and are “attempting to locate him.”

“Although campus safety was not compromised, out of an abundance of caution, Alcorn Campus Police instituted a lockdown on all campuses. The lockdown has been lifted and the university is open for normal business operations,” the Alcorn officials said.

School officials said the university’s Division of Student Affairs Office of Counseling Services will have counselors available to any students, faculty, or staff impacted the incident.

“Alcorn State University extends our heartfelt prayers to the families and loved ones of the students we lost and humbly ask for the university community’s thoughts and prayers for the full recovery of those injured and impacted as a result of this unfortunate event,” school officials said.  “As more information is gathered, we will share it accordingly.”