MSU police release timeline of shooting, note gunman left behind

Posted at 9:25 AM, Mar 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-10 18:14:03-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety released an update about the shooting on the MSU campus last month, detailing a timeline and showing the note the shooter left behind.

The shooting happened at Berkey Hall and the MSU Union on Feb. 13. Three students were killed – Brian Fraser, Alexandria Verner and Arielle Diamond Anderson – and injured five others. Of those five who were injured, police said three have been released from the hospital, one is in the hospital in critical condition and one is in fair condition.

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According to police, the preliminary findings released a detailed timeline for the shooter's presence on campus during the evening of Feb. 13. The shooter, Anthony McRae, killed himself later that night.

The timeline is below, according to police.

  • 8:18 p.m. – First shots fired call at Berkey Hall received by Ingham County 911 
  • 8:20 p.m. – Officers entered Berkey Hall 
  • 8:24 p.m. – McRae entered the Union 
  • 8:26 p.m. – First report of shooting at the Union 
  • 8:26 p.m. – McRae exited the Union and left campus 
  • 8:27 p.m. – Officers arrived at the Union 
  • 8:30 p.m. – First emergency alert notification sent 
  • 8:31 p.m. – Second emergency alert notification sent 
  • 11:18 p.m. – Photo of suspect shared on MSU DPPS social media 
  • 11:35 p.m. – Ingham County 911 receives call of person matching the description walking on Lake Lansing Rd near High St in the City of Lansing
  • 11:49 p.m. – Officers approach McRae and he shoots himself

Police said they are still investigative the route once he left campus.

According to police, Ingham County 911 received 2,100 phone calls – 1,450 of which were 911 calls – between 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 1 a.m. on Feb. 14. Police say that's about 2.5 days' worth of calls to the dispatch center within a five-hour period.

Ingham County 911 Central Dispatch said in a press release that they quickly mobilized over 20 employees, including off-duty workers.

"Throughout the incident, we ensured that priority calls related to injuries, shots fired, suspicious activity, and possible suspect sightings were quickly dispatched, which was essential to helping law enforcement respond promptly and effectively. It was a challenging accomplishment, but our team's expertise and dedication allowed us to rise to the occasion and fulfill our responsibility to our community," said Barb Davidson, Director of Ingham County 911 Central Dispatch in a statement.

Davidson said the high-pressure environment has dispatchers balancing a number of stressors while collaborating with public safety partners.

Police also said there were 3,136 radio "push-to-talks" by police officers, which is every time an officer or dispatcher pushes the button to transmit on their two-way radio.

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After the shooting, when police made contact with the suspect and he killed himself, they found a note on him with what they said was a possible motive.

On Friday, they released that note to the public. In it, the suspect said he was working with a group, which police say is an unfounded claim. He also called himself a "loner," "outcast" and more.

The note may be hard to read for some, but a photo of it is below.
Warning: Graphic language and violence depicted in the note


"Recognizing this update may be difficult for those within the MSU campus community and beyond, on-campus resources are listed below. It’s important to remember that the grief some individuals may be experiencing is normal and there are several ways in which individuals can seek support, including talking with friends, family and colleagues to process," police said.


  • MSU Student Health Services 
    • General info: 517-884-6526; Nurse on-call: 517-353-9165 
  • MSU Employee Assistance Program 
    • EAP is a confidential, free counseling service for employees: 517-355-4506, 
  • Counseling and Psychiatry Services 
    • CAPS is the place for students seeking help for a wide range of health concerns. 
  • MSU Department of Psychiatry 
    • Psychiatry Clinic: 517-353-3070