Ewing, NJ, Closes Schools Because of Michigan State University Shooter’s Threat
The gunman who opened fire at Michigan State University Monday night was from Ewing and mentioned threats against two schools in the district in a letter leading to the closure of district schools Tuesday.
Police in Michigan said Anthony McRae, 43, fired shots inside Berkey Hall and the MSU Union, a popular place for students to eat and study, around 8:30 p.m. Monday. The shootings led to a campus lockdown and a manhunt that ended roughly three hours later. Three were killed and five injured, all Michigan State students.
McRae took his own life in an industrial area during a confrontation with police. A note in his pocket made threats against Ewing High School and Fisher Middle School, according to Ewing Police Lt. Glenn Tettemer. The schools and the nature of the threat were not disclosed.
Classes were canceled in Ewing for the day "out of an abundance of caution," according to police.
The College of New Jersey, which is located in Ewing, sent a message to the campus community about public schools being closed and the connection to the Michigan shooting.
"Although this threat did not involve the college, TCNJ nonetheless felt it prudent to heighten security by requiring swipe access to enter academic buildings. Subsequent investigation has determined that there is no threat here in Ewing. Therefore, the college has lifted the swipe access requirement," read the message.
Police are positioned at every school
Officers from both Ewing and surrounding towns were stationed at each of the district's five schools. Further investigation determined there was no threat to Ewing schools and McRae had not been to Ewing in several years.
His mother Linda, who was from Trenton, died in 2020 while living in Michigan.
Campus Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman says investigators still “have absolutely no idea” what McRae's motive was. McRae was not a student or Michigan State employee.
Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted about the shooting to promote his gun safety agenda.
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