GSU extends class cancellation to Tuesday, implements curfew in wake of shooting incident

On the morning of Oct. 17 at 1 a.m., a shooting occurred in the quad area of Grambling State University’s campus. Eight victims were confirmed, one of which is an enrolled student who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Among the other non-student victims, one succumbed to their injuries. A suspect has not been identified.

At the time of the incident, a homecoming event was underway in McCall Dining Center. All persons present sheltered in place and were released once the all-clear was given by University Police.

Classes were canceled for Monday, Oct. 18, and that cancelation has extended to Tuesday, Oct. 19. GSU administrators met with student leaders to determine the implementation of a curfew that will be in effect from 9:30 p.m. through 6 a.m. until further notice. Counseling services have also been made available.

Additionally, Lincoln Prep School sent an announcement to parents canceling school Monday and Tuesday as well, citing that the school decided to follow GSU’s example.

“Our students come here for an education and far too often it’s outsiders who have created these situations that have put life and limb in danger,” GSU President Rick Gallot said. “That’s not why we’re here. That’s not what we’re about after 120 years, and so again, our priority is keeping our students safe.”

The investigation is being led by Louisiana State Police. Anyone with information about the incident can contact (LSP) at (318) 345-0000 or (318) 374-2222.


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