SAVANNAH (Georgia) • A student at Savannah State University in Georgia died after being shot on campus, prompting a two-hour lockdown as the police swept the area for the shooter, a school official said.
Mr Christopher Starks, a junior from Atlanta, was shot during an "altercation" late on Thursday night at the university's student union and transported to a local hospital where he died, said school spokesman Loretta Heyward.
"Mr Starks was the only individual transported to a medical facility following the incident," she said in an e-mailed statement. No arrests had been made, she added.
Reports of gunfire at the university forced a lockdown that was lifted around midnight on Thursday. The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper and broadcaster WSBV-TV said Mr Starks was struck by a bullet near or inside the student union.
The school said in an e-mail message sent to students and staff just before midnight that "while public safety has lifted the campus lockdown and traffic has resumed, residential students are encouraged to remain in their rooms", the Tiger's Roar, a student paper, reported. "The investigation into tonight's shooting is ongoing," it added.
The Tiger's Roar also reported that there was blood on the floor of the student union building.
An audio recording the student paper attributed to the university administration, and posted on its YouTube page, said campus police were searching for a male shooter said to be seen near the University Commons.
REUTERS, NEW YORK TIMES