Authorities in Georgia are investigating the shooting at an off-campus party in Fort Valley State University.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that the victim was not a Fort Valley State University student.
Mechell Clark McCrary, a spokesperson for the university, stated to NBC News that campus police received information about the shooting on Saturday morning. She confirmed that the shooting occurred on Saturday morning and that students from university were not in danger.
The seven people who were injured are all in stable condition, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Fort Valley State University placed the campus temporarily under lockdown after the shooting. McCrary stated that the lockdown was lifted on Saturday morning, after campus police found no threat to the campus community.
Fort Valley State University is a historically Black college located in Peach County about an hour and half south of Atlanta. It was preparing to host homecoming celebrations.
Local news outlets reported that Tyler French, 27, from Byron, was the victim. Rooks said that French died around 3:00 a.m. Saturday.
Due to the shooting, the university cancelled two homecoming events scheduled for Saturday morning: its alumni breakfast, and its homecoming parade.
The university stated that it plans to continue hosting the homecoming football match with “increased security procedures in place”. “
School officials urged students with disabilities to get in touch with the university’s counseling department.
” Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and staff as they recover,” McCrary stated.
Nicole Acevedo is a reporter for NBC News Digital. She writes, produces and reports on stories for NBC Latino as well as NBCNews.com.
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