(Photo: Scott Davis, Lansing State (Mich.) Journal)
EAST LANSING, Mich. - One of two Michigan State University students
shot in their apartment near campus Friday night has died, police said.
James Nolff, 20, of Middleville was pronounced dead at 9:23 a.m. this
morning due to multiple gunshot wounds, according to East Lansing Police
The second victim has been treated for a single
gunshot wound and has been released from Sparrow Hospital. Police did
not identify the victim, but said he is a 20-year-old from Grand Haven.
are still seeking the man they believe shot the two students at about
8:45 p.m. Friday. That person is described as a black male, 20 to 25
years old, wearing tan pants, a black coat and black shoes or boots
Police said the shooting did not appear to be a random act, but have declined to discuss a motive.
was the first of two shootings near a state university in Michigan that
has occurred within the same 24-hour period. A man believed to be a
Ferris State University student was shot at an off-campus apartment
complex in Big Rapids about 4:15 a.m. Saturday, according to university
Meanwhile, residents of the Cedar Village apartment
complex where the Michigan State students were shot say they are
unnerved by the shooting.
"We're basically on campus," said Justin
Klass, a graduate student who lives at the apartment complex. "You
expect this kind of thing to happen in other areas, but not here."
Gaiser, 23, an MSU senior who lives near the apartment, said he saw
police arrest someone at the scene. He was with friends when they
noticed police at a nearby apartment. He said he hadn't heard any shots
"We were leaving (the apartment) last night and heard some
noises," Gaiser said. "They (police) chased a guy out of the building
tackled him to the ground."
Gaiser said he didn't think much about it at the time because "it's not weird to see cops on that street."
student housing communities, Cedar Village Apartments has a reputation
for raucous parties that sometimes result in police intervention. When
the MSU football team earned a spot in the Rose Bowl in early December,
revelers burned trash and furniture in large bonfires on Cedar Street,
leading dozens of riot-gear equipped police to quell the disturbance.
Like other students, Gaiser said he is unnerved by the shooting, but still believes the area is a safe place in which to live.
(police) say it was a targeted incident," Gaiser said "It would be
different it was a random shooting. I still feel safe. It's unfortunate,
but it's a freak thing."
Ayami Kawamata, 22, an MSU graduate
student who lives near the building where the shooting occurred, said
she also feels it's still safe to live in the area. But she said she's
not used to having bullets fired near her apartment.
"It's been pretty nerve-wracking," she said.
Ferris State University, the school says campus police were "containing
the area" where the suspect was believed to be located. Students and
residents were being advised to remain indoors.
A condition report on the shooting victim there was not available.
Contributing: The Associated Press