UPDATE 9:45PM: Freshman student “Bill” Nguyen allegedly called a law enforcement agency and said he was going to kill himself and possibly others on the school’s drill field. After an “active shooter” Maroon Alert was broadcast, the suspect was quickly taken into custody.
There are media reports that an Army recruiter who had been in contact with Nguyen reported to authorities that Nguyen was threatening suicide.
Campus officials are reporting that there were no injuries, no shots fired and that the suspect was unarmed when captured.
Chief Communications Officer and Director Sid Salter said, “We don’t have the luxury of waiting until somebody is bloody and injured, so we told the student faculty and staff to seek shelter.”
Conflicting reports surround a “Maroon Alert” issued around 10:20 this morning on the MSU campus. The Alert stated: “Active Shooter at Carpener Hall. Last seen in vicinity of Lee Hall. Seek safety immediately.”
A second alert followed in about ten minutes with a notice that the shooter was in custody.
In a precautionary move, all schools in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Co. School District were placed on lockdown during the incident.
A large police presence was reported on the campus, and the reported ‘shooter’ was quickly taken into custody at McCool Hall.
A campus spokesman has reported that there are “charges pending” against Fhu-Qui Cong “Bill” Nguyen. Nguyen is reportedly a Freshman at MSU and a graduate of Madison Central High School.
The school gave the “all clear” about 11:00AM, but suspended classes until 2 PM today.
Campus officials are now saying that, despite the ‘active shooter’ designation in the original Maroon Alert, there were no injuries and no shots were ever fired. In fact, there are now reports that no firearms were involved.
There have been”tweets” that: ‘ MSU President Keenum confirmed that the suspect, freshman Bill Nguyen from Madison, Mississippi, threatened suicide and to harm other students on campus. No gun was present.’
As often happens in chaotic situations such as this, “facts” are often difficult to discern. NAnewsweb will update this item as more information becomes available.