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Student Fatally Shot At Savannah State University

The assailant is still at large.

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A junior at Savannah State University in Georgia was fatally shot Thursday night in the student union building, school officials said.

Christopher Starks got into "an altercation" with another person before he was shot, the university said, and died at a local hospital. The shooter is still at large and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the school's police are handling the case.

"If students are aware of the presence of weapons, please think and act responsibly to disclose such information to a member of the faculty, staff or administration, or other figure of authority. While it may be natural to want to protect an associate, the lack of disclosure may do more harm than good in the long run," university officials said.

The school went on lockdown after the shooting. It was lifted Friday morning after around seven hours:

Lockdown lifted. Investigation is ongoing.


Local news station WTOC said family and friends shared these photos of Starks:

NEW PICTURES: Family/friends shared these pics of Christopher Starks. He was a jr. from #ATL. #ssu

The school's student government association planned a vigil for Starks for Friday:

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