UPDATE (10/26/17): The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect from Wednesday morning’s double homicide at Grambling State University.
Deputies said Jaylin M. Wayne turned himself in after learning his arrest warrant had been issued.
We are also told that he was a student at GSU.
Authorities believe Jaylin Wayne shot Earl Andrews and Monquiarious Caldwell after a disagreement turned into a fight between one of the victims, Andrews, and the suspect.
According to arrest reports, during the fight the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Andrews and Caldwell. Authorities claim Caldwell was coming to the aid of Andrews when he was shot.
Wayne was arrested and charged with first degree murder. He’s currently being held at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
UPDATE (10/26/17): Officials are still working to track down the suspect involved in the fatal shootings at Grambling State University.
KTVE/KARD has heard that the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office may be releasing further information on the investigation today around 12:00 p.m., but this is not confirmed.
23-year-old Earl Andrews, a senior from Farmerville, and a non-student, 23-year-old Monquairious Caldwell, also from Farmerville were fatally shot Wednesday by an unknown suspect.
We are continuing to follow this story and will bring updates as they become available.
UPDATE (1:35 P.M.): Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has released a statement regarding the fatal shooting.
The statement reads as follows:
“Dear Grambling Family, I am sad to confirm what many of you know, that early this morning we lost one of our Grambling State University students, Earl Andrews, and a visitor to the campus, Monquiarious Caldwell.
We offer our deepest condolences to their families. We are working with authorities to do all that we can to ensure your safety on campus, our first priority.
The event that occurred was an isolated incident. The campus is open for standard hours today, and the university Comprehensive Counseling Center in the Foster-Johnson Health Center is open and available for students, faculty and staff. Please call (318) 274-3277, or after hours, call (318) 274- 2222.
There will be a student-led prayer vigil “on the yard” near Favrot Student Union at 5:00 p.m. today.
This morning I have been in constant contact with our university leaders, state and local police, and our governor, John Bel Edwards, to make sure we are well resourced to keep our campus community safe and help us recover from this event.
For anyone who has details related to this morning’s event, we encourage you to contact the Lincoln Parish Sherriff’s Office at (318) 548-3160.
Your name and information can remain anonymous. After consultation with GSU Student Government Association leadership, we will proceed with our academic and event schedules as planned in the coming week, including all homecoming events.
You will see increased police and security this week, and we ask that you be patient with any related delays.
Our students, their parents, faculty, staff, and alumni are our first priority. In the coming weeks, we will work with you to get your input on how we can maintain and enhance campus safety. In the meantime, I ask that you do what we as the “GramFam” have always done: look out for one another.
Alert an authority if you see anything suspicious or find yourself in a situation where someone’s safety is in jeopardy.
Always remember that this is our university and it’s our collective responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the campus community.
You may also follow the official university social media outlets at @Grambling1901 for updated information. Sincerely, Richard J. Gallot, Jr., J.D. President”
You can view the full statement by clicking here.
UPDATE (12:24 P.M.): Family members have confirmed the social media page of the student who was fatally shot.
Family also tells us Earl Andrews, 23, was a father to a little boy. He was a senior criminal justice major at Grambling State University.
They also tell us Andrews was very talented. He rapped, played football, modeled and as friends would say was “the life of the party.”
He was killed along with friend Monquiarious Caldwell, a former star football player at Union High School.
Both males were tragically shot outside J.D.E Bowen Hall.
UPDATE (11:00 A.M.): According to Grambling State University’s Twitter page, the prayer vigil initially set for 11 a.m. has been reschedule to 5 p.m.
The mother of one of the victims lives out of town and would like to attend the vigil.
We will have a live stream available.
UPDATE (10:35 A.M.): The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department has announced a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed two men on the campus of Grambling State University overnight.
Below is the full press release sent from Major Chad Alexander with LPSO:
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, shortly after midnight, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department was called to assist the Grambling State University Police Department in reference to a shooting that had occurred on campus. Two male victims were discovered and later pronounced dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds.
At the request of GSUPD, Sheriff Mike Stone has assigned this case to LPSO investigators. Investigators are in the process of gathering evidence, interviewing persons and securing warrants. The suspect is described as a black male with no additional identifiers to offer. As of the time of this release, the suspect remains at large. Both victims have been identified by a GSU spokesman as Earl Andrews and Monquiarious Caldwell, both 23 of Farmerville, LA.
The integrity of this case is paramount. Many details concerning this case will not be discussed outside of law enforcement. Many details, including possible evidence or witnesses will not be discussed at this time, this is an effort to ensure the integrity of this case and the apprehension of this suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ruston/Lincoln Crimestoppers at (318) 255-1111. Crimestoppers will pay up to $2,000.00 for credible information regarding this case. Sheriff Stone, Chief Caviness, GSU President Rick Gallot and LSP Troop F Commander Captain Tommy Lewis have been in contact with each other to ensure all of the necessary resources that may be required to solve this case will be solved. Sheriff Stone’s investigators will be working 24/7. Patrols from all aforementioned law enforcement
entities will be providing extra patrol on and around GSU campus for the foreseeable future.
Message from Sheriff Stone:
This tragic incident appears to have occurred between persons that knew each other, to some extent at least. There are no indicators that this incident bears any resemblance to any of the random acts of violence or domestic terrorism that have been experienced around our country in recent weeks. I would also like to take a moment to urge any persons that may have information about this incident to reach out to local law enforcement, call 911, contact our office at 318.251.5111 or reach out to us by way of our free app.
UPDATE (9:18 A.M.): Hearts are heavy Wednesday morning after two young men were fatally shot on Grambling State University’s campus.
According to Grambling State University’s Twitter page, a prayer vigil is scheduled to be held on campus at 11 a.m.
23-year-old Earl Andrews, a senior at Grambling, and his friend, 23-year-old Monquairious Caldwell, not a student at Grambling, were fatally shot early Wednesday morning.
Officials are still working to identify and locate the suspected shooter.
UPDATE: According to Grambling’s Twitter account, classes will be held today (10/25/17) and university offices will be open.
Grambling State University offices are open with normal business hours and students are expected to attend classes as scheduled.— Grambling State Univ (@Grambling1901) October 25, 2017
(10/25/17) Two people are dead, and the search for a suspect is ongoing after a fatally shooting early Wednesday morning on the campus of Grambling State University.
University spokesman Will Sutton says that the victims are 23-year-old Earl Andrews, a senior from Farmerville, and a non-student, 23-year-old Monquairious Caldwell, also from Farmerville. The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the investigation. At this time, LPSO is neither confirming or denying the identity of the victims. Grambling State University Police are also investigating.
The shooting happened around midnight outside of a campus dorm. Sutton says there was some sort of altercation before the shooting between an unknown suspect and the two men.
A female student called campus police, and when they arrived, officers found the pair dead.
Students have been told to stay in their rooms.
Sutton released this official statement: “Our prayers go out to the victims and their families. Violence has no place on our campus. We will fully cooperate with the police investigation.”