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Two Dead Following Shooting At Grambling State University, Suspect At Large

Sheriff says this incident doesn't appear to be a random act of terrorism.

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Recently, during Howard University's homecoming weekend, students feared for their safety after an active shooter report.

Thankfully, in Howard's case, no evidence was found that pointed to a shooting

Unfortunately, the same isn't true for Grambling State University, where a recent shooting has left two men — Earl Andrews and Monquiarious Caldwell — dead.

According to ABC News, the suspect is at large following the incident, which occurred on Wednesday morning.

Officials have told students that the shooting wasn't the act of a domestic terrorist or a lone wolf, but rather that it was a targeted killing spurred by a dorm room altercation.

"This tragic incident appears to have occurred between persons that knew each other, to some extent at least. There are no indicators that this incident bears any resemblance to any of the random acts of violence or domestic terrorism that have been experienced around our country in the recent weeks," said Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone in a statement.

The sheriff's also said, "Investigators are in the process of gathering evidence, interviewing persons and securing warrants."

Shortly after the altercation, the suspect quickly fled the scene. The campus was not placed on lockdown, and classes continued as normal for Grambling's roughly 5,000 students.

Andrews' brother, Ledarius Heard, told the Associated Press, “Earl didn’t bother nobody,” and added that he didn't believe Andrews was having any interpersonal trouble.

“If he ever had any problems, he would let me know,” Heard said.

Heard said that Andrews usually kept a low profile, coming home right after he was done with classes, but had stayed on campus in order to celebrate homecoming week with his friends.

"This is a horrible tragedy. Nothing that anybody would've ever wanted to have happened," said Grambling State University Director of University Communications Will Sutton.

"Our prayers are with the victims and their families. There’s no place for violence on Grambling State University campus. We always encourage our students to be safe, to be aware, watch who they hang out with and watch who’s around at all times. This is a most unfortunate situation."

In order to keep students safe, the sheriff has made plans for "extra patrol on and around GSU campus for the foreseeable future." 

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