UPDATE: MUW shooting may have been self-inflicted

MUW and Columbus police say they are looking into the possibility Friday's reported shooting on campus was self-inflicted by the victim.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 1:33 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 4:44 PM

Updated on 01/17/19 - MUW shooting was self-inflicted 

6:45 p.m.

This is on College Street at main entrance of campus.

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - MUW and Columbus police say they are looking into the possibility someone may have shot himself on campus rather than being shot by someone else.

In a joint news release, the two agencies announced a gun was recovered in the victim's car.

“We are running tests to determine if the weapon was the one used in the shooting," said Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton.

The victim is being treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle in Columbus.

3:38 p.m.

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton says there is no immediate danger to the public after MUW shooting. 

"Business can be conducted per normal and there's no need for businesses to lock their doors. The case is still under investigation."

At the time of this update, there is no official word on the possible capture of the shooter.

3:26 p.m.

The following update was released by MUW at 3:24 p.m.

"W Alert: Lockdown is lifted based on investigation, by campus, local and state law enforcement agencies. There is no immediate threat to campus. Resume regular activities. Continue to be aware of your surroundings."

3:07 p.m.

WTVA's Evan Hensley reports yellow crime tape has been removed from the front entrance of the MUW on College Street.

People are being allowed on the street.

At the time of this update, the shooter is still at large. 

2:09 p.m.

At 2:08 p.m., MUW issued the following statement.

"W Alert: Suspect remains at large. Law enforcement is conducting building by building search. Remain in lock down until further notice."

MUW spokesperson Anika Perkins confirms one person was injured. 

This victim is described as a male, according to emergency personnel on the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing blue jeans and an orange hoodie. This person is still on the loose.

Spring semester classes are scheduled to begin on Jan. 15.

See the original post below. 

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi University for Women issued a statement at 1:04 p.m. today with the following:

"W Alert: Shooting in front of Whitfield Hall. Campus is to lockdown immediately."

MUW spokesperson Anika Perkins confirms with WTVA the shooting happened on campus near Whitfield Hall.

Whitfield Hall is located on the north side of the campus near the main entrance. 

WTVA has a reporter on the scene gathering more information. This article will be updated as information becomes available.

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