Police say that the shooter at Michigan State University who killed at least three people and hurt at least five others had a note in his pocket that said he was going to attack two public schools in New Jersey near where he used to live.
The Ewing Township, New Jersey, the school district closed all schools Tuesday morning out of “an abundance of caution,” the district announced.
Then, at 10 a.m., Dr. David Gentile, the superintendent of Ewing Township Schools, and Ewing police both said that there was a link between the deadly shooting spree at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and the schools in Mercer County, New Jersey.
“Information received during the investigation indicated that the shooter (Anthony McRae, age 43) had local ties to Ewing Township,” Gentile wrote in a message similar to that posted by police. “When McRae was found by police in Michigan, he had a note in his pocket that indicated a threat to two Ewing Public Schools.”
McRae used to live in the Ewing area, and he had a history of mental health problems. As a safety measure, all Ewing schools were closed, and police were stationed at each one, said Gentile.
“After further investigation, it has been determined that the incident is isolated to Michigan, and there is no threat to Ewing Schools,” police said. “Information received during our investigation indicated that McRae has not resided in the Ewing area in several years.”
School threat Press Release by Ewing Police Department posted below-
Police in Michigan says McRae killed himself, putting an end to the spree.
Gentile thanks Ewing police and other law enforcement agencies for the “rapid and thorough response.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims in Michigan,” Gentile wrote. “The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to cooperate and partner with the Ewing Police Department in the wake of this incident.”
On Feb. 15, 2023, the schools in Ewing will open as usual.
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