Police identified the victim as Prof. Ethan Schmidt, an assistant professor of history who recently published his second book, according to an article on the school's website.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain, in earlier reports, said a man who is believed to be the shooter was still at large. He said a description of the person was not immediately available. That would soon change.
The book is entitled The Divided Dominion: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Early Virginia (University Press of Colorado, 2015), about Bacon's Rebellion.
A Geography professor at Delta State University is accused of killing a woman in Gautier, Mississippi, just after 10 a.m. on September 14. That shooting is believed to be linked to the shooting death of Professor Eric Schmidt at the college at 10:45 a.m. on the same day. The suspect in the Gautier killing has been named as Shannon Lamb, 45. He’s considered a person-of-interest in Schmidt’s death.
Lamb, who earned a Ed.D in education from Delta State earlier this year, listed his areas of research as Public Memory Suppression and the Hidden Landscape. He had a speciality in Geography in Crime.
These are some photos from Lamb's Facebook page.
The shooting appears to be a love-triangle, no pun intended.
Students and faculty at the Cleveland, Mississippi campus are being advised to stay away from windows.
The lockdown began about 10:45 a.m. local time, with the university advising students, faculty and staff to take shelter and stay away from windows. The university has about 4,000 students.
Cleveland is a city of just over 12,000 people. It's located 38 miles northeast of Greenville.
(Various media are saying that a hostage situation was in progress, and then denied by law enforcement. Also there are reports that a shooting took place at another university, and then the gunman came to the Delta State University to shoot Schmidt. Neither were examples of completely correct or informed reporting.)
In summary, Ethan Schmidt was a professor who specialized in indigenous peoples' mistreatment in colonial times, and yet the German-born Shannon Lamb has the name of the one conducting the sacrifices. Lamb's academic specialities, he reported, were the Geography of Crime (such as 33 degree locations), Hidden Landscape, and Public Memory Suppression.
World War II greatly affected the college. Anticipating the war in 1941, the college created a civilian pilot training program, which evolved into the current Commercial Aviation Department. When the war began, 254 Delta State students joined the armed forces. When the war ended, student enrollment at Delta State increased from 185 to 483.
During the 1947 session of the Delta Council, Dean Acheson (Under-Secretary of State in Truman's administration) delivered a speech on campus that unveiled the Marshall Plan, detailing postwar relief for Europe.
In 1955, the name Delta State Teachers College was changed to Delta State College. Delta State earned full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1963, which eventually led to the opening of the graduate program in 1965. In 1974 the college changed its name to the current Delta State University.
In 1965 Delta State initiated a graduate program (Master of Education in Elementary Education, Elementary Supervision, Guidance, English, History, Math, Music, Social Studies, Business Education, Physical Education, and Science).
From 1925 to 1967 the university had a White-only race admission policy. In 1967 racial segregation of DSU ended. The first African-American student, Shirley Antoinette Washington, enrolled at DSU.
In 2005 Delta State assisted refugees from Hurricane Katrina by opening Hugh White Hall as temporary housing.
I note Leflore Circle:
Antoine Leflore (b. c. 1763 in Alsace-Lorraine) was a fur trader who migrated from France to Canada, and from there to New Orleans, then up the Mississipi River to Ste. Genevieve Co., Mo.
German (Löffler) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maker or seller of spoons, from an agent derivative of Middle High German leffel, löffel ‘spoon’. In the Middle Ages spoons were normally carved from wood, or more rarely from bone or horn.