Two Alcorn State students killed, another injured in off-campus shooting

The fatal shooting happened at a non-Alcorn State University event 13 miles north of the school's Lorman campus.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 10:47 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 10:56 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A late-night shooting south of Vicksburg killed two Alcorn State University students and wounded at least a third student.

The shooting happened shortly before midnight at a home off Highway 61 south of Port Gibson, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI).

The shooting happened at a non-university event 13 miles north of campus. Alcorn's main campus is located in Lorman.

Two students, 22-year-old James Carr of Itta Bena and 19-year-old Tahir Fitzhugh of Pennsylvania, died at the hospital, according to MBI.

The third student is being treated at the hospital. MBI says a fourth student was reportedly injured during the shooting.

Law enforcement officers are trying to locate an unnamed person of interest.

As a precaution, Alcorn State Police locked down its campuses; however, the lockdown has since been lifted and the university is under normal business operations.

MBI and the Alcorn State University Police Department are assisting the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.

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