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Former TTU professor shot, killed at Delta State University in MS

Published: Sep. 14, 2015 at 6:49 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2016 at 6:49 PM CDT
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Ethan A. Schmidt (Source: Facebook)
Ethan A. Schmidt (Source: Facebook)
Ethan A. Schmidt (Source: DSU)
Ethan A. Schmidt (Source: DSU)
Dr. Shannon Lamb Source: DSU
Dr. Shannon Lamb Source: DSU

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A former professor at Texas Tech University was killed in a shooting at Delta State University Monday morning.

The Bolivar County Coroner confirms that the professor that was shot and killed has been identified as Ethan A. Schmidt. He was shot and killed in his office around 10:40 a.m. Monday.

According to Delta State's website, Schmidt was an Assistant Professor of American History.

Before coming to Delta State, Dr. Schmidt taught for six years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where he was the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 as well as an Innovative Teaching Award from TTU's Freshman Seminar Program in 2010.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, another professor is a person of interest in the shooting death. He has been identified as 45-year-old Dr. Shannon Lamb. He is also the suspect in the murder of a woman in Gautier this morning.

Delta State says that all classes are canceled for the remainder of the day and night.

Texas Tech released this statement on Monday:

Ethan Schmidt spent six years as a professor in the Texas Tech Department of History.

Ethan Schmidt, a former Texas Tech University history professor, was killed Monday (Sept. 14) during an on-campus shooting at Delta State University, where he served as an assistant professor of American history.

"I am deeply saddened – as is the entire Department of History – by the awful news of Ethan's passing," said Sean Cunningham, department chairman. "He was an outstanding teacher, scholar and friend. Even more importantly, he was an incredible husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ethan's family. We are simply crushed."

Schmidt spent six years at Texas Tech before leaving in 2013 for the position he held at Delta State.

"Texas Tech University extends is deepest sympathies to the family and friends of former TTU faculty member Ethan Schmidt," said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. "The Delta State University family is in our thoughts and prayers."

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