On the night of February 8, 2021, three students at Michigan State University were killed and five others injured when a shooter opened fire on campus. The perpetrator was identified as Anthony McRae, a 23-year-old student. In this review, we will explore who McRae is, the violent incident he committed, and the ripple effects it has had on the community.
Anthony McRae was an average student at Michigan State University. Described by many as quiet but unassuming, he seemed to lead an ordinary college life. Little did anyone know that behind his seemingly benign exterior lurked a deeply disturbed individual capable of immense violence.
At around 11 p.m., McRae entered a lecture hall with what witnesses describe as “an assault rifle” and started shooting into the crowd. Three students were killed while another five were injured before police arrived and apprehended him shortly thereafter. It is believed that during his arrest he made statements “of political or ideological motivations” that are now being investigated by authorities to better understand his motivations for committing such a heinous act of violence.
The tragedy has sent shock waves through the Michigan State University community. The university has offered counseling services to those affected and classes have been cancelled until further notice in order to allow students time to grieve and process the tragedy that occurred within their midst. Many students across campus said they had always felt safe in their environment until this event happened; now they feel scared and vulnerable going about their everyday lives on campus.
To make matters worse, there have been reports of copycat threats being issued in other universities across America since the incident occurred at Michigan State University, demonstrating how one tragic event can create fear in many places at once.
In conclusion, it is clear that McRae’s violent actions have had far-reaching implications for both his victims and for society as a whole. His violent acts will forever be remembered by all who bear witness to them and all impacted by the ripple effects they caused – all stemming from one person’s disturbing decision to commit mass murder without any clear explanation why or rationale behind it other than pure hatred or mental illness (which remains unconfirmed).