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Professor dead after shooting at college in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The professor killed in his office at a university in Mississippi has been identified as Ethan Schmidt, who worked in the history department.

Murray Roark, deputy coroner in Bolivar County, says Schmidt was killed in his office Monday at Delta State University.

The suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified and remains at large. However, Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, says the suspect is no longer believed to be on the campus.

A lockdown began about 10:45 a.m. local time, with the university advising students, faculty and staff to take shelter and stay away from windows.

The university's Twitter account said the shooter was spotted near Jobe Hall.

State and local law enforcement agencies responded.

The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, in Mississippi's Delta region near the Arkansas-Mississippi state line.

Another professor, Bill Hays, said the university did a poor job of communicating with faculty, staff and students about the emergency situation.

"It's really frustrating because there is no campus-wide updating from a central command center. Everything we're getting is just rumors," Hays said in a phone call from his office in Keithley Hall, across the street from the shooting site.

Hays said a SWAT team swept his office to make sure the shooter wasn't hiding there.

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