Two Alcorn State University students were killed and one was injured in an off-campus shooting Monday night.

James Carr III


Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Capt. John Poulos told the Clarion Ledger that the deceased victims are 22-year-old James Carr III of Itta Bena and 19-year-old Tahir Fitzhugh of Pennsylvania.

In a press release, Alcorn State University said it was notified overnight by local authorities that four of its students were involved in a shooting that occurred at a non-university event venue 13 miles north of campus in Claiborne County at a place called "The Ark," about seven miles south of Port Gibson.

Three of the students were transported to the Claiborne County Medical Center in Port Gibson.

"We are deeply saddened to report that two students have passed as a result of critical injuries suffered in the shooting," Alcorn said in the press release.

Alcorn reported that one student is being treated at the hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

Claiborne County and state law enforcement authorities indicate the alleged perpetrator(s) are still at large. Although campus safety was not compromised, out 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.

"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," the university stated.

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