October 25, 2020

Mississippi University for Women on lock down after Friday shooting injures one

COLUMBUS — One person was injured in a shooting Friday afternoon at the Mississippi University for Women, prompting officials to lock down the campus.

Spokeswoman Anika Perkins said the shooting happened at approximately 1 p.m. Friday outside of the university’s Whitfield Hall.

It’s unclear who was shot or how seriously the victim was injured.

Employees were working Friday, but classes at the 2,800-student university in Columbus are not scheduled to resume until Jan. 15.

Perkins says officials are looking for a white man wearing blue jeans and an orange hoodie.

Local police and sheriff’s deputies are helping the university police department look for the man.

The campus remained locked down more than an hour after the shooting.

Despite the university’s name, it has admitted men since 1982.