UPDATE: Suspect identified in Grambling State shooting

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UPDATE: 1:50p.m. — NBC 10 has spoken to Louisiana State Police’s Michael Reichardt about the latest on the investigation. Reichardt is the Public Information Officer for LSP Troop F. Hear his entire interview below:

UPDATE: 1:28 p.m. — Louisiana State Police have identified the person arrested for the shooting at Grambling State University this morning.

They say 19-year-old Princeston Adams of Shreveport is under arrest. They say Adams got into a fight with someone at a gathering at the Hobdy Assembly Center.

Police say Adams pulled out a gun and shot the man in the chest twice. A GSU Police Department officer responded to the gunfire, and he was hit in the leg while trying to break up the fight.

The officer has non-life threatening injuries, while the man shot in the chest is in serious condition.

Adams is charged with 2 counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.

Princeston Adams / Courtesy: LSP

Below is the full press release from LSP:

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations was requested by the Grambling State University Police Department to investigate a shooting that occurred at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. 

The preliminary investigation by LSP Detectives revealed that during a gathering held at the Assembly Center, two subjects became involved in an altercation.  During the course of the altercation, 19-year-old Princeston Adams of Shreveport produced a firearm and shot a male subject twice in the chest area.  As GSU Police Department Officers responded to the gunfire, one of the officers was struck in the leg while attempting to break up the altercation.   

The GSU Police Department Officer and the male shooting victim were transported to a local hospital.  The officer received non-life threatening injuries while the male subject remains in serious condition.

Adams is charged with two counts of Attempted 2nd degree Murder and was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

UPDATE: 12:30 P.M. — Louisiana State Police tell NBC 10 a person has been arrested in connection with this morning’s shooting on the campus of Grambling State University.

That person is charged with two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

Additionally, Grambling State University President Rick Gallot and GSU Police Chief Jerry Melton have released statements following this morning’s shooting on campus:

Our goal at Grambling State University is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment for our students. To help in this effort, we will work with our student life and campus safety teams to grow our policies and procedures to better accommodate our student body.
Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by last night’s events both directly and indirectly. I encourage all of our campus and community to support Louisiana State Police in their investigation by calling (318) 274-2222 with any related information.

-Rick Gallot, GSU President

Improving campus safety is an ongoing and active effort at Grambling State University. We are grateful for the support of the City of Grambling, the City of Ruston, our Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police for the immediate and continuous support in our campus safety efforts. We look forward to sharing more information with our students and visitors who are preparing to visit our campus. We encourage you to follow @grambling1901 on social media and visit gram.edu/news to receive an upcoming update on event policies and safety changes here on campus. 

-Chief Jerry Melton, GSU Police Department

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. — NBC 10’s Anna McAllister gives us an update from the campus of GSU.

UPDATE: 8:25 a.m. (AP) — Trooper Michael Reichardt tells KTBS-TV that a person at a party on campus pulled out a gun and shot another attendee twice early Friday morning. He says one officer was shot in the leg while responding. He says the suspect fled the scene.

The initial victim was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital with severe wounds. The officer was hospitalized for injuries not considered to be life threatening. A university statement says the shooting was at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. It’s unclear if the party was approved by the college

UPDATE: 6:55 a.m. — Louisiana State Police tells NBC 10 the officer shot in this incident is a Grambling Police Department officer with non-life threatening injuries.

LSP is the lead agency handling this investigation and the search for the suspect.

GRAMBLING, La. (10/18/2019) — The search for a suspect continues after a police officer and another person were shot early this morning on the campus of Grambling State University.

According to a press release from GSU, it happened at 1:30 a.m. inside the Frederick C. Hodby Assembly Center.

GSU authorities responded to what they call “a firearm discharge” at the Hodby Center. The two people shot are a non GSU student and a police officer. The press release is unclear what department the officer is with, as well as the age of the non-student.

Both were taken to North Louisiana Medical Center, but the press release was also unclear the extent of their injuries.

Police continue to search for the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call (318) 274-2222.

Below is the full press release from GSU:

In the early morning of October 18, 2019, at approximately 1:30 AM, Grambling State University authorities responded to an in-door firearm discharge at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Grambling State University’s campus. Two (2) individuals, one non-student and one police officer, were transported to North Louisiana Medical Center to receive care for injuries. Officers on the scene report that witnesses report a suspect fled campus following the discharge event. An active investigation under this incident continues under the jurisdiction and leadership of the Louisiana State Police Department. Anyone who has any details related to the incident is encouraged to call (318) 274-2222

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