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Two dead at university in Louisiana; shooter at large

A manhunt for the suspect is underway.
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A manhunt was under way Wednesday for a suspect in the shooting deaths of two men on a university campus in northern Louisiana.

The incident occurred at Grambling State University about 40 miles west of Monroe, La. Both of the deceased were from Farmerville, La. One was a student and the other was a friend visiting from his hometown.

A student called Police Chief Gene Caviness on his cellphone to report the disturbance, Grambling spokesman Will Sutton said.

Officers found two men dead in a courtyard between two dormitories. Both were shot, Sutton said.

The incident took place after an altercation in a dorm room spilled over to a courtyard on campus, said Stephen Williams, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office. The Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office is working the scene, but no suspect has been identified or arrested.

Sutton named the dead men as Earl Andrews and Monquiarious Caldwell, both 23. Andrews was a senior at the university. It wasn't immediately known why Caldwell was on campus or his connection to Andrews.

Police have the suspect's nickname, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said.

"This is not a random act, nor an act of terrorism," he said. "It appears the victims and the suspect knew each other, and there was obviously bad blood. It's a tragedy."

The incident occurred as the university, a historically black college with about 4,500 students, celebrates its Homecoming this week.

It was the second shooting on campus in five weeks. On Sept. 21, a student was shot in the arm following an argument and subsequent fight in a campus dorm room.

"Our prayers go out to the victims and their families," Sutton said. "Violence has no place on our campus. We will fully cooperate with the police investigation."

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