2 killed - including a student - in campus shooting at Grambling State University in Louisiana, authorities say
A student and a campus visitor were fatally shot at Grambling State University, and the gunman is on the loose, officials said Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The authorities began receiving calls just after midnight reporting shots fired on the historically black university campus in northern Louisiana. Campus police found two males on the ground in a residential courtyard, a school spokesman said.
Earl Andrews, a 23-year-old Grambling senior, and his friend, Monquiarious Caldwell, also 23, were both pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
"An unknown suspect shot the two of them and fled," said Will Sutton, the university's director of communications.
The shooter remains at large, a Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
The fatal shooting apparently began as "an altercation that started inside one of the dorm rooms and spilled out into the courtyard," said Maj. Stephen Williams, the sheriff's spokesman. No weapons were found at the scene. The sheriff's office has taken over the investigation from campus police.
The shooting occurred during Homecoming Week, when the campus, in the city of Grambling, sees a spike in visitors.
"It's a horrible thing to happen on any day of the week, any week," Sutton said. "It's particularly unfortunate that it's Homecoming Week, an annual, joyful series of days, where we have people returning home to campus. … Nobody wants to return to something like this."
About 5,188 students are enrolled at the university. The majority of the students are black, and about a third of them live on campus.
Students received emergency text messages from the university after the shooting, urging them to stay in their rooms overnight, school officials said.
Andrews lived with his older brother, Ladarius Heard, in Ruston, La., a short distance away from the Grambling State campus.
Heard, a contractor for an industrial building company, had been staying in Shreveport for an extended job assignment last week - but drove back to Ruston on a whim Friday night.
"I don't know what it was," Heard told The Post. "Something that told me to drive back."
Heard said was sleeping when a friend called him around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to alert him of the shooting on campus.
He said he can't fathom why anyone would have wanted to harm his younger brother.
"He was always smiling, dancing," Heard said. "He didn't bother nobody."
Andrews was studying criminal justice at Grambling, he said, and had planned on moving to Texas after graduation.
His mother, Juanita Augman, said he wanted to be a parole officer.
"I just can't explain it," Augman said of her son's death. "It's just been the longest, longest day. He was a wonderful child."
He played football at Patterson High School, about four hours south of Grambling, and wanted to play in college, but couldn't because of an injury, she said.
He enjoyed basketball as well, and often played at the campus gym with members of Grambling's basketball team. Andrews was also a runner, and had earned more than 15 trophies during his time on the Patterson High School track team.
"He was a very active person, everybody loved him," she told The Post. "And he was very respectable."
She added: "I love all my kids but he was just a special one - everybody loved him."
School officials said class will be in session Wednesday.