Authorities report one of the five MSU shooting victims now stable

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Published: Feb. 16, 2023 at 10:29 AM EST
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - MSU Police and Public Safety and Interim MSU President Teresa Woodruff held a briefing at 10 a.m. on Thursday with the latest on their investigation of the mass shooting at Michigan State University.

Michigan State University Board of Trustees Chair Rema Vassar said on Thursday that one of the victims in Monday’s shooting has been upgraded from critical condition.

Police confirmed that the suspected gunman, Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, had two handguns when located. In addition to the handguns, the suspect had additional magazines and ammunition.

Bus tickets and two pages of notes were found in possession of the suspect according to police.

“The suspect may have felt slighted, that is what the note indicated,” said police.

The suspected shooter’s father told police that McRae never left his room and that he did not have friends.

At this time, there is no known connection between MSU and the suspect.

Background: Police to provide update on MSU campus shooting

The five students in the hospital remain in critical condition. Officials will not be releasing the names of the victims out of respect for the families.

“There are some signs of improvement in some of our students,” said Interim MSU President Woodruff.

The police did release the ages of the students killed during the tragic event.

Ages of the deceased:

Arielle Anderson age 19

Brian Fraser age 20

Alexandria Verner age 20

Woodruff said during the briefing that more faculty staff will begin returning to their positions on Thursday and that MSU will resume standard operations.

Students will not return to class until Monday.

Officials are currently in the process of centralizing all security systems that will come with real-time monitoring.

Community members can help those impacted by the mass shooting at MSU by donating to the Spartan Strong Fund.

According to the Spartan Strong Fund website, the fund will be used to address the immediate and changing needs of Michigan State University. The support includes campus safety enhancements and mental health services for students, faculty and staff.

If you or someone you know in the Spartan Community is in need of mental health services, you can connect with MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services and or the Employee Assistance Program.

More information: can also be found by visiting

If you know of a student in need of financial support, please connect them to SOS Fund Application.

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