GSU extends class cancellation to October 19, implements curfew in wake of shooting incident

GRAMBLING, La. – October 17, 2021 – On the morning of October 17 at 1:00 a.m., a shooting occurred in the quad area of campus. Eight victims were confirmed, one of which is an enrolled student who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Among the other non-student victims, one succumbed to their injuries. A suspect has not been identified.

“Our campus community has worked tirelessly to keep our students and others safe for the homecoming activities,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “Yet, with all of our planning and coordination with our local, parish, regional, and state law enforcement partners, we still find ourselves grieving the loss of life and injuries just as too many communities in our country have experienced as well. ”

At the time of the incident, a homecoming event was underway in McCall Dining Center. All persons present sheltered in place and were released once the all-clear was given by University Police.

Classes have been canceled for Monday, October 18, and Tuesday, October 19. GSU administrators met with student leaders to determine the implementation of a curfew that will be in effect from 9:30 p.m. through 6 a.m. until further notice. Counseling services have also been made available.

“Our students come here for an education and far too often it’s outsiders who have created these situations that have put life and limb in danger,” Gallot said. “That’s not why we’re here. That’s not what we’re about after 120 years, and so again, our priority is keeping our students safe.”

The investigation is being led by Louisiana State Police. Anyone with information about the incident can contact (LSP) at (318) 345-0000 or (318) 374-2222.