Police are searching for a suspect in connection to an early morning shooting at Grambling State University that left two young men dead, including a student.
One of the victims was identified as 23-year-old Earl Andrews, a senior at the historically Black university from Farmerville, La., Grambling spokesperson Will Sutton said. Andrews’ friend, Monquiarius Caldwell, 23, was also shot dead on the campus Wednesday morning. He was not a student at the school, according to Sutton.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Williams said the two men were found in a courtyard between two dorm buildings. He said police began investigating after receiving several calls shortly after 12 a.m. with students saying they heard five or six gun shots. A female student also contacted the Grambling police chief minutes after the shooting.
“It was an altercation that started inside one of the dorm rooms and spilled out into the courtyard,” Williams explained. “We’re interviewing witnesses.”
The shooter fled the scene and is still at large.
Speaking with local station KSLA 12, Andrews’ aunt, Mattie Boyette, said she doesn’t know why anyone would want to harm her nephew.
“He was here at Grambling, good student, good kid,” Boyette said. “He just wanted an education. He just wanted to better himself.”
“His momma, his sister and his brother — he was the apple of their eye,” she added.
The university tweeted Wednesday saying its offices would be open during normal business hours and classes would be held. Homecoming activities are also expected to continue as scheduled.
According to local station KTBS 3, a prayer vigil is planned for Wednesday evening in response to the deadly shooting.
“Our prayers are with the victims and their families,” Suttonn said in a statement. “Our prayers are with the victims and their families. There’s no place for violence on Grambling State University campus. We always encourage our students to be safe, to be aware, watch who they hang out with, and watch who is around at all times. This is a most unfortunate situation.”
The northern Louisiana university has an enrollment of about 5,200 students.
University officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.