Report: Mississippi College Professor Suspected of Gunning Down Girlfriend, Romantic Rival

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A geography professor at Mississippi’s Delta State University is suspected of gunning down his girlfriend as well as one of his colleagues. Shannon Lamb has been named as a person of interest in the death of Ethan Schmidt, an assistant professor of American history shot to death in his office on Monday morning. Police say Lamb is also a suspect in the death of an unidentified woman earlier today, and that they believe the two incidents may be linked.

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The woman, who hasn’t yet been publicly named, was shot to death Monday at the home she shared with Lamb in Gautier, Mississippi. Lamb reportedly notified police of her death by telephone around 10:20 a.m. He’s believed to have then traveled to Delta State University in Cleveland, some five hours away, and shot Ethan Schmidt as he sat in his office.

Fox News reports that police are considering a “love triangle” as one of the possible motivations in the shooting, saying that Lamb may have suspected the woman of also being in a relationship with Schmidt.

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Delta State has been on lockdown, with classes cancelled today and tomorrow and a heavy law enforcement present across the campus. A 90th anniversary celebration planned for tomorrow has also been cancelled. The school says it will also make counselors available:

A video of students barricading themselves inside a classroom during the shooting has been circulating online.

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Lamb remains at large. He was last seen in a green SUV, which Gautier police said they have located, empty.


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Attention all news outlets:

THIS IS NOT A FUCKING LOVE TRIANGLE GONE WRONG. THIS IS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE. WHEN A PERSON MURDERS THEIR CURRENT OR FORMER ROMANTIC PARTNER, IT’S A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE.

According the Jane Doe, Inc.’s media guide, it should be classified as a domestic violence homicide if:

  • the homicide victim and perpetrator were current or former spouses or intimate partners, adults or teens with a child in common, or adults or teens in a current or former dating relationship IN THIS CASE THE UNNAMED FEMALE VICTIM SHARED A HOME WITH LAMB AND LAMB BELIEVED THAT SCHMIDT WAS HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNNAMED FEMALE VICTIM
  • the homicide victim was a bystander or intervened in an attempted domestic violence homicide and was killed (including friends, family members, new intimate partners, law enforcement officers or other professionals attempting to assist the victim of domestic violence, roommates and co-workers)
  • the motive for the murder was reported to have included jealousy, in the context of an intimate partner or dating relationship IN THIS CASE THE UNNAMED FEMALE VICTIM SHARED A HOME WITH LAMB AND LAMB BELIEVED THAT SCHMIDT WAS HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNNAMED FEMALE VICTIM
  • a relationship existed between the homicide perpetrator and adult or teen victim that could be defined as exhibiting a pattern of power and control (including family or household members and caregivers).

If you ignore this context, you only serve to perpetuate the myth that domestic violence homicides are isolated, random events that rarely happen and can’t be reliably tracked.

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