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Dispatch Staff Report

March 27, 2012 3:23:48 PM


The third suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting of a Mississippi State  University turned himself into law enforcement authorities today in  Florida.


Trent Deundra Crump, 21, of Flowood, surrendered to authorities, after  investigators with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released information  about his travel.


MSU officials subsequently issued a public call for help in locating Crump,  who now is being held by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department in Gainesville,  Fla. on an outstanding capital murder warrant.


The two other suspects –Dontae Harvey and Mason Perry Jones, 21, of Jackson  — Monday were arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of John  Sanderson, 21, who recently transferred to MSU from Holmes Community  College.


“The dedication and hard work of our campus police and the extraordinary  cooperation of assisting law enforcement agencies have resulted in the swift  apprehension of those we believe are responsible for this tragic incident,” said  MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum.


Sanderson was shot multiple times outside a dorm room on the first floor of  Evans Hall, Saturday night.


Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the crime, but MSU  spokeswoman Maridith Geuder said the sale of a controlled substance is the  underlying charge in the capital murder charge.


Sanderson, who lived in Rice Hall, probably was “visiting”  Evans Hall the  night of the shooting, said MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Bill  Kibler.


Evans Hall, one of the older dormitories on campus, is arranged as a  quadrangle. The first floor, where the incident occurred, opens into a  courtyard. The three higher floors have balconies overlooking the courtyard.  Evans Hall, which holds about 300 male students, has two main entrances — the  north entrance accesses the first floor and the south entrance accesses the  second floor, which features a game room and office, along with residents’  rooms.


“This is the first time in our school’s history that such a tragic event has  occurred involving a student being shot on campus,”  Keenum said Sunday. “Our  campus is known as a safe place, and I want to assure students, parents, faculty  and staff that it continues to be safe.”


Entry to dormitory rooms is gained through three levels requiring key-card  access — at exterior entrances, entrances to wings or floors and at residents’  rooms.


However, the key-card access system was not activated at the time of the  shooting, which occurred before 10 p.m. And, Kibler noted, non-residents can be  brought into the dorm by residents, at any hour.


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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A person of interest was in custody Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a student at Mississippi State University.

Mason Perry Jones was arrested Sunday night at a bus station in Memphis, The Clarion-Ledger reported. He was being held Monday in DeSoto County, Miss., according to WREG-TV.

School officials said 21-year-old John Sanderson, of Madison, Miss., was shot at around 10:00pm Saturday at Evans Hall, a residence for 288 male students on the northwest side of the Starkville campus.

Three male suspects fled the scene, and Sanderson died later Saturday at Oktibbeha County Hospital.

Police are still looking for two men, WREG reported.

A weapon was recovered from the Mississippi State campus after the shooting, according to Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs.

Dr. Mark Keenum, president of the university, said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.


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