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Suspected DSU killer's medical leave possibly due to spider bite

Ethan Schmidt (left) and Shannon Lamb (right). (Source: Delta State University) Ethan Schmidt (left) and Shannon Lamb (right). (Source: Delta State University)
BOLIVAR CO, MS (WMC) -

Investigators are piecing together new information in a deadly shooting across Mississippi on Monday. A professor reportedly shot a woman he lived with, then shot his colleague at the school.

The Bolivar County coroner said fellow professor Shannon Lamb shot Dr. Ethan Schmidt with a .380 caliber hand gun. Schmidt was standing in the doorway to his office with his book bag over his shoulder when he was shot three times.

Investigators said Lamb later shot himself.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted it to," said Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham. "But at the same token, we still have evidence we can look at to try to piece together what actually was the motive.”  

At this point, investigators haven't determined the motive. Schmidt and Lamb were both part of the small social sciences department at Delta State University. There are multiple photos of the two at department events like retreats and Christmas parties.

Investigators said Lamb shot and killed 41-year-old Amy Prentiss in Gautier, Mississippi, before driving nearly 300 miles to Cleveland. Police added that rumors of a love triangle are not true. 

However, police are investigating if a spider bite is why Lamb was on leave because of medical issues. Lamb was only teaching online courses at the time of the attack. 

While to many it may seem like a stretch, some are wondering if the bite caused mental health issues for Lamb.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said investigators have no reports of spider bites causing mental health problems.  

The full autopsy could reveal more about what caused  Shannon Lamb to go on a rampage.

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