The three victims of Monday night’s mass shooting on the campus of Michigan State University have been identified .
Police say students Brian Fraser (pictured at left) of Grosse Pointe and Alexandria Verner of Clawson (center) were two of the three, while family members identified the third student victim as Arielle Anderson of Harper Woods (at right).
MSU police said that five other victims of the shooting, which took place at Berkey Hall, remained hospitalized at Sparrow Hospital in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
The suspected gunman, identified as 43-year-old Anthony Dwayne McRae, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a location off campus after being approached by officers.
MSU Police say the first call reporting an active shooter took place at 8:18 p.m. at Berkey Hall.
“A shelter-in-place was immediately put into place for campus and the surrounding community,” read a statement. “The MSU Alert system and MSU Emergency Operations Center were both immediately activated. Officers from all across the state responded to campus and began to complete a comprehensive search in attempt to locate the suspect.”
Police say McRae was captured on campus security cameras at approximately 11:00 p.m. and the photos were disseminated social media and through media partners at 11:18 p.m.
“Because of the quick release of photos, a caller’s tip was able to lead officers to the suspect at approximately 11:35 p.m., only 17 minutes after the release of the photos,” said the statement.
The Detroit News obtained Ingham County court records that indicated McRae was arrested in Lansing and charged in June 2019 with carrying a concealed pistol without a concealed carry permit, a felony that carried a potential penalty of five years in prison.
After Ingham County prosecutors added a second charge against McRae in October 2019 of possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, a misdemeanor, he agreed to plead guilty to the lesser misdemeanor charge, and prosecutors dismissed the felony charge.
However, prosecutors say even if McRae had been convicted on the original charge, he still likely would have avoided jail time as the sentencing guidelines for the two charges are similar and would have resulted in a recommendation against incarceration.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), whose daughter is a Michigan State University student, said the Michigan Senate will be “taking action soon” on gun control measures that include, at a minimum, safe storage laws, tougher universal background checks and red flag laws.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, an MSU alumna, also urged action to help curb gun violence, calling the issue a “uniquely American problem.”
“We’re all broken by an all-too-familiar feeling,” Whitmer said at a Tuesday morning news conference. “Another place that is supposed to be about community and togetherness shattered by bullets and bloodshed.”