Homecoming Weekend Shooting Sees University Students Gunned Down During Off-Campus Party

At least one person has died and seven others were injured during a shooting that took place on homecoming weekend at an off-campus party near Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in Georgia.

Police said early Saturday morning that an investigation is underway following the incident that occurred overnight.

"The GBI is investigating a shooting incident that happened at an off campus party in Fort Valley. A total of eight people were shot. Of the eight people, one person has died," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted on Saturday.

The GBI is investigating a shooting incident that happened at an off campus party in Fort Valley. A total of eight people were shot. Of the eight people, one person has died.

Active scene at 603 Carver Drive in Fort Valley. We will provide updates as we get more info. pic.twitter.com/N6yGaXUOyp

— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) October 23, 2021

In a campus update on Saturday, FVSU said that while several students attended the party, the person who died was not affiliated with the university.

The victim was identified as 27-year-old Tyler French, WSB-TV reported. According to the news outlet, he died around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Several other victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.

"Earlier this morning, FVSU campus police received reports of a shooting incident near the university at an off-campus event where students were in attendance. There were student injuries, but at this time, none have been reported as life-threatening. One person is deceased and has been confirmed not to be an FVSU student," the university said.

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— FORT VALLEY STATE (@FVSU) October 23, 2021

The details of the shooting were not made immediately clear by police and no additional information regarding the victims' identities was released. It is unclear whether or not police have identified any suspects.

The university said it was placed on lockdown early Saturday morning as a precautionary measure while campus police determined if there was an additional threat to the school. By Saturday afternoon, that order had been lifted.

FVSU added that an alumni breakfast and homecoming parade scheduled to take place on Saturday morning were canceled and that "increased security protocols" would be established for the homecoming football game slated for later that day.

"In the early morning hours of October 23, the Fort Valley State University campus police received reports of a shooting incident near the university at an off-campus event where students were in attendance," the school said in a statement.

"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation. Our thoughts are with the students and their families as they recover. Counseling is available through the Office of Student Counseling and Outreach Services. Students may call 478-825-6278 or 1-833-855-0085," the university added, according to WSB-TV.

FVSU is a historically Black university located about 90 minutes south of Atlanta in Peach County.

Newsweek contacted FVSU for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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At least one person has died and seven others were injured during a homecoming weekend shooting at an off-campus university party in Georgia. Here, an image of police tape is seen on February 26, 2005, in Park City, Kansas. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images