Ex-DeKalb football standout fatally shot at Savannah State

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Another college lockdown: Student shot to death in Georgia campus building.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a shooting at Savannah State University killed a student and prompted a lockdown at the Georgia school Thursday night. Christopher Starks, a 22-year-old junior from Atlanta, was fatally shot at the student union at SSU in Georgia, according to a university news release.A student died early Friday after being shot at a US university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus. The public university in Savannah, Ga., was briefly locked down during the incident, the second college that day to warn students and staff about a potential threat.

Here’s more information on Starks: High school: Starks graduated in 2012 from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, where he played football and competed in track and field. Administrators at the historically black college sent an email to staff and students saying that although “public safety has lifted the campus lockdown and traffic has resumed” they should remain in the rooms.

The incident, which prompted a two-hour lockdown as police swept the area for the shooter, came a day after two television journalists were killed by a gunman during a live broadcast in Virginia. “This is our brother. Founded in 1890, the school has about 4,100 enrolled students, 145 members of the faculty and a 173-acre (70-hectare) campus, according to its website.

At Mississippi State, Phu-Qui Cong “Bill” Nguyen, a 20-year-old freshman, was arrested Thursday morning on campus shortly after the alert went out, authorities said. Nicknamed “Cooley,” Starks had been a rising football star at Appalachian State University in North Carolina in 2012 and 2013, before he was sidelined by an injury, university coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement. A former football standout, 22-year-old Christopher Starks had a passion for music and was eager to see whether he could make it his career, his family said.

Starks majored in media broadcasting until he transferred to Savannah State in 2013, the statement noted. “We’re all in shock here,” said Dwayne McKinney, his coach at Southwest DeKalb High School outside Atlanta, which he attended before his senior year. “He was a good kid. Music: Starks was an aspiring rapper who performed under the stage name “Booley Boo.” An Atlanta audio engineer posted on Twitter that he had recently recorded Starks at his studio. In September 2013, 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis, who was not a student, was killed in an early morning shooting at the University Village student housing complex.

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