Two Alcorn State University students killed in shooting; 2 injured


UPDATE: 2/18/2020 2:28 p.m.

LORMAN, Miss. (WJTV) – Authorities said a suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting deaths of two Alcorn State University students. The victims have been identified as 22-year-old James Carr of Itta Bena and 19-year-old Tahir Fitzhugh of Pennsylvania.

Alcorn President Dr. Felecia M. Nave extended her personal expressions of sympathy and condolences to the Carr and Fitzhugh families. 

“Alcorn is more than a university, we are a family. Today, we lost two dear members of our beloved Brave Family. There are no words to help ease the pain that has befallen our campus. We know time heals all wounds and take comfort in the fact that through time, prayer and being there for each other, we will be able to celebrate and honor James and Tahir’s memory. I want the Carr and Fitzhugh families, friends and loved ones to know that the deepest and most heartfelt sympathies and prayers of Alcorn State University are with them at this time.”

Individual and group counseling services are available to students, faculty, and staff through the university’s Office of Counseling Services. Additionally, the below list of services is also available:

  • Alcorn State University Counseling Services – (601) 877-6230
  • Alcorn State University Health & Disability Services – (601) 877-6460
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1 (800) 273-8255
  • Southwest MS Mental Health Complex – (601) 684-2173
  • Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health Services – (601) 638-0031

LORMAN, Miss. (WJTV) – Two Alcorn State University students died after a shooting on Monday, February 17. According to the college, the shooting happened at a non-university event 13 miles north of campus at a home off of Highway 61 in Claiborne County.

Three of the four students involved in the shooting were taken to the Claiborne County Medical Center in Port Gibson. Two of them died from critical injuries, and the third is listed in stable condition. A fourth student was also reported injured.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation identified the two victims as 22-year-old James Carr of Itta Bena and 19-year-old Tahir Fitzhugh of Pennsylvania.

According to MBI, a person of interest has been identified and authorities are attempting to locate him. The investigation is being conducted by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the MS Bureau of Investigation and the Alcorn State University Police Department.

University leaders released the following statement:

Although campus safety was not compromised, out of an abundance of caution, Alcorn Campus Police instituted a lockdown on all campuses. The lockdown has been lifted and the university is open for normal business operations. The university’s Division of Student Affairs Office of Counseling Services will have counselors available to any students, faculty, or staff impacted by this tragic and traumatic event. We also ask the public and media to respect student privacy at this time. Alcorn State University extends our heartfelt prayers to the families and loved ones of the students we lost and humbly ask for the university community’s thoughts and prayers for the full recovery of those injured and impacted as a result of this unfortunate event. As more information is gathered, we will share it accordingly.

Alcorn State University

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