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Georgia student shot dead by ‘armed intruder’ on college campus

An armed intruder shot and killed a student on a college campus in Georgia on Saturday, plunging the university into a temporary lockdown.

The incident occurred Saturday around 4 p.m. when Kennesaw State University said a “dispute” broke out outside the Austin residence complex on the State University’s Kennsaw campus of Kennesaw.

The suspect, identified as Samuel Harris, shot Alasia Franklin, 21, then fled the scene, KSU Emergency Management said.

A shelter was set up on the university campus while law enforcement searched for the suspect.

As of 4:43 p.m., the suspect was in custody and the order had been lifted.

Mr. Harris, who is not a student at the school, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault and murder, according to police records .

Franklin was a junior at the school and was also a member of KSU’s student government association, Fox5 reported.

Police at scene of deadly shooting (FOX5)Police at scene of deadly shooting (FOX5)

Police at scene of deadly shooting (FOX5)

It is unclear if the victim and suspect knew each other before the shooting.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time,” school President Kathy Schwaig said in a statement.

The college is now offering counseling to those affected by the tragedy.

In January, KSU was plunged into another lockdown when three suspects stole an Uber driver’s car and drove it onto campus.

This is also the second murder of a student on a college campus in Georgia this year.

Laken Riley, a nursing student at Augusta University, was murdered while running on the University of Georgia campus. José Antonio Ibarra was arrested and charged with her murder.


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