Another American mass shooting killed three and critically wounded five Michigan State University (MSU) students.
The shooter — a suicide — was 43-year-old Anthony Dwayne McRae, someone not affiliated with the school, MSU Interim Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman said.
“We have no idea why he came to campus tonight to do this,” Rozman said.
McRae opened fire on the evening of February 13 at two locations on campus. The attack occurred hours before the five-year anniversary of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The attack is the 67th mass shooting — with four or more shots fired, without a shooter — in the U.S. in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Two years earlier, there was another school shooting in Michigan. In November 2021, a shooting at a high school in Oxford killed four and injured six students.
“As a representative of Oxford, Michigan, I can’t believe I’m back here doing this 15 months later,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-MI at a morning press conference the day after the shooting. “I am filled with rage that we have to hold another press conference to talk about our children being killed in their schools.”
Records show McRae had to forfeit the gun and was sentenced to a year of probation after he was arrested by Lansing police in June 2019 and charged with a felony for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and was released on parole in May 2021.