Chief: Injuries caused in MUW campus shooting may be self-inflicted

It is not police for Columbus police to release victims' names and they will not do so in this case.

Chief: Injuries caused in MUW campus shooting may be self-inflicted
The Mississippi University of Women is on lockdown following a shooting in front of Whitfield Hall. Source: WCBI

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi University for Women, located in Columbus, lifted a campus-wide lockdown around 3:24 p.m. Friday. The lockdown began shortly after 1:00 p.m., with an alert about a campus shooting.

According to a tweet sent out by the university, there was a shooting in front of Whitfield Hall.

Columbus Chief of Police Fred Shelton confirmed that one person was shot and transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The chief has since released a statement saying that they’re in the middle of the investigation, but looking at the possibility that the gunshot was self-inflicted by the victim, as there was a weapon recovered at the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

“We are running tests to determine if the weapon was the one used in the shooting," he said. “We can’t give out more information on the victim’s condition, but the public needs to know that we are investigating whether or not the shooting was self-inflicted."

After the campus lockdown was lifted, Chief Shelton said, “There is no immediate danger to the public regarding the MUW incident today. Business can be conducted per normal and there’s no need for businesses to lock their doors. The case is still under investigation.”

There are no additional details available at this time.

Most students are not on campus because classes do not start until January 15.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update as more information becomes available.

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