Student dies in Savannah State University shooting

- A student from metro Atlanta has died in a shooting at a college campus in Savannah.

Christopher Starks, who had just started his junior year at Savannah State University, was shot on campus Thursday night after a fight at the student union. He was the only one hurt and passed away at the hospital in Savannah early Friday morning. He had just turned 22-years-old ten days ago. We've learned Starks was a standout athlete at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia. 

The shooting violence prompted a lockdown on campus that's since been lifted, but the search for the shooter is still taking place. The university said classes are delayed until 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. 

"The safety of those who live, study, work and visit Savannah State University remains a top priority," officials with the university. "No exceptions." 

A vigil will take place on campus Friday to remember Starks. It's set for noon.

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The shooting happened at the student union according to The Tiger's Roar, the school's independent student newspaper.




High police presence outside of the Student Union on #SSU campus. More on this developing story soon.

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Thursday night, Savannah State University posted on their Facebook page that "SSU campus is on lockdown following a shooting incident at/near the Student Union. Please stay in place and cooperate with police officers."

The Tiger's Roar said that officials were searching for a man in the University Commons area.


Vehicles were briefing blocked from entering and exiting the campus while police searched the area.

Established in 1890, Savannah State is a historically black university with a total enrollment of approximately 5,000 students.

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