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Penn State Issues Statement Following Michigan State Shooting

Penn State issued a statement Tuesday morning in response to a tragic shooting on Michigan State’s campus Monday night.

A gunman killed three victims and critically wounded five more at Berkey Hall and the MSU Union, according to police. The 43-year-old suspect was found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We’d like everyone at Michigan State to know that our thoughts are with them during this painful time and our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by this tragic event,” the release said.

“As a Big-Ten sister institution, we too are profoundly struck by this tragedy — as many of our faculty, staff and students have colleagues and friends in the MSU community,” the release continued. “For all who are connected to Michigan State we wish them not only peace, but resilience as well, during this heartbreaking time.”

The statement was signed by Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Justin Schwartz, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Andrea Dowhower, and Interim Chief of University Police and Public Safety Wes Sheets.

Penn State Police encouraged students to review the active “Run, Hide, Fight” attacker response initiative and to report any suspicious behavior around campus.

Students affected by the tragedy can access supportive resources through the university’s Student Care and Advocacy  and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) programs. Penn State directed faculty and staff to access the Employee Assistance Program.

The Penn State Crisis Line is also available at all times. Students can reach the line by calling 877-229-6400 or by texting “LIONS” to 741741.

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