UPDATE: Mississippi State University Student Killed In Overnight Cotton District Shooting


STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) –  A MSU student is dead after an overnight shooting in Starkville.


MSU spokesman Sid Salter says the student killed was senior marketing major Joseph Tillman, 21, of Schlater, Mississippi.

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Starkville police say more information will be released later today. A spokesman did not say if an arrest has been made.

Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt says the shooting happened about 2:30 AM on Sunday.

WCBI is told the possible robbery happened near Maxwell Street.

Salter says MSU PD is not investigating the shooting because it occurred off campus in the Cotton District.

MSU is offering counseling services to students.

“The university is shocked and grieving over this loss. We believe Joseph was totally the victim in this instance. We are totally shocked,” said Salter.

He says MSU is grateful for the response of law enforcement to the shooting.

WCBI will continue to follow this story and post more information as it becomes available.