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UPDATE: State Police ask for help in solving Grambling shooting

Posted at 11:45 AM, Oct 17, 2021

Louisiana State Police are asking for help in solving a shooting that happened on the Grambling University campus Sunday morning; and they'd also like help locating the man wanted in connection with Wednesday's shooting at the school.

LSP were called at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday by Grambling police to help investigate the shooting near the T.H. Harris Auditorium.

Eight people were shot; one died, one is in critical condition and the others suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said at a press conference Sunday afternoon. Of the eight victims, one is a current student at Grambling.

LSP is requesting assistance in locating a suspect or suspects in this shooting. Any information, even the smallest detail, could be of value in this investigation, troopers say. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop F at 318-345-0000 or your local law enforcement agency.

One person died and a second was wounded in the Wednesday shooting. Troopers believe it is unrelated to Sunday's shooting. The suspect in Wednesday's shooting is Jatavious Carroll, a.k.a “Rabbit” of Delhi and he is still wanted for his involvement. Anyone with information regarding the incident or Carroll’s whereabouts is also asked to contact Troop F at 318-345-0000 or local law enforcement. Carroll has an active warrant for second degree murder, attempted second degree murder and possessing a weapon/firearm on school property.

Here's his picture:

During the press conference Sunday afternoon, Grambling's president said that student safety is paramount, and too often it is "outsiders" who put those students in danger.

At 2 p.m., President Rick Gallot held a press conference. He began by asking for prayers from and for the student body. He also lamented that violence could come on a university campus, where the focus should be learning and growth. He promised that law enforcement and the university are working together to try to stop the violence; this was the second shooting within a week on Grambling's campus. In the Wednesday shooting, one person died and one was wounded.

"We will find ways to continue to ensure our students' safety," he said.

He said one of those ways will definitely be limiting access to people who aren't students, staff or faculty.

State Police are working both shootings; a warrant has been issued for a Delhi man for the Wednesday shooting; a spokesman said "these investigations take time." None of the people involved in Wednesday's shooting are students, and only one involved in Sunday's shooting is a student, troopers say.

Gallot said that, because of homecoming, there has been a heavy law enforcement presence on the campus all week. Officers, deputies, troopers and state officers from Alexandria to the Arkansas line have been at Grambling this week, he said.

Troop G Major Cordell Williams said that LSP has a long-standing relationship with the university and has been working with Grambling officials to implement safety measures for some time.

Here's the press conference, which was livestreamed by KNOE in Monroe:

At least one person has died and multiple others were injured in an on-campus shooting early Sunday morning during a homecoming event at Grambling State University, a university spokesperson says.

The shooting happened in the quad area, in the midst of homecoming activities for the north Louisiana university. One person, who is not a current student, died. Others were injured; only one is a current student, the spokesperson said.

"GramFam, now the is the time to be Unapologetically Unified as we rally to comfort one another after this morning’s incident," a post on the university's Facebook page states. "The campus has been cleared for normal operations, however, homecoming events scheduled for today have been canceled along with classes on Monday."

This is a developing story, and we'll have more information as it becomes available.

Here's the Facebook post:

Sunday's shooting occurred on the heels of another deadly shooting that happened on campus Wednesday. To read our story about that incident, click here.