UPDATED: April 26, 2:12 p.m.Five arrests have been made in connection with the shootings that occurred on campus today, according to a report on KNOE.com. Out of the five, four were students.
Students were informed of the shooting and the campus being locked down by word of mouth. The FirstCall system eventually sent out a text message at 5:24 p.m., stating that classes were canceled.
Various local news reports stated that the campus is shut down to outsiders. People entering the campus will need student IDs. The lockdown is expected to be lifted on Sunday.
The shootings ended a week of festivities called TigerFest, hosted by the Favrot Student Union Board. The shootings seemed to follow an incident on Thursday night.
According to several reports, there was a New Orleans party at the club named Endzone in Ruston. A one-on-one fight broke out between New Orleans and Shreveport. Shortly afterwards, people from New Orleans tried to jump people from Shreveport, causing the whole club to get pepper-sprayed and shut down.
There was talk about a related fight happening at the Blues Lounge, however, that turned out to be false.
The incident then carried onto campus today (Friday, April 25) where it is alleged that it was a twelve on two fight around noon involving the same two cities. According to the witnesses, the two that were jumped had serious injuries, with one having blood “gushing” from the top of his head.
After the fight, a shooting occurred, but there is no word on who fired the gun. Two hours later, around 2:55 p.m., another shooting occurred, prompting the shutdown of campus and the canceling of the non-Greek and Greek step show tonight.
Several students have stated that the GSUPD is being assisted by the Louisiana State Police Department, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, and a SWAT team.
There is still no report of injuries, yet The Gramblinite is trying to confirm this.
The Gramblinite will try to have updates as soon as possible.