Shannon Lamb, 45, who used to be an instructor at Mississippi’s Delta State University and became the main suspect in the ongoing investigation of a double homicide shot himself on Monday, September 14.
Lamb was facing allegations of having killed the woman he was living with and one of his colleagues. The police suspect the murder was the result of a love triangle.
He was being chased by the police before he killed himself. The authorities reported that he was driving his car – a black Dodge Avenger and decided to pull over on Highway 1, not far from Greenville. He ran on foot into the woods and the police officers said they heard a gunshot. Afterwards, they found the suspect severely wounded in the head and he was taken to a local hospital but later pronounced dead.
At the time, the police did not pursue him because the officers were still waiting for backup to help them apprehend Lamb.
Shannon Lamb was a social science and geography instructor who had allegedly murdered his colleague at the Delta State University, Professor Ethan Schmidt, aged 39, in his own office, after shooting his partner, Amy Prentiss, 41, at the home they were living in together. Even if the authorities refused to provide the real reason for the double homicide, speculations point towards a romantic affair between Prentiss and Schmidt.
The university cancelled all the classes on Tuesday and held a candlelight vigil to honor Professor Schmidt’s memory. “We’re relieved that this tragedy is over,” said William LaForge, who is the president of the university. Now the campus is open and classes are expected to continue.
The teaching staff and the students at the university were shocked to hear the news and many of them feared for their lives, especially because the shooting occurred inside the campus.
“A few minutes into the class, we heard these popping noises and we all went completely silent,” said Charlie King, who was teaching history just down the hall at the time. After that, they saw a police officer come in and asking them to stay away from the door, without further explanation.
Shortly afterwards, the building was surrounded by police and people started realizing how serious the matter really was. Luckily enough, nobody else was hurt while Lamb was running from the authorities.
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