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1 person dead in shooting at Rose State College in Midwest City

Police respond to a shooting at Rose State College on April 24, 2023.
Catherine Sweeney
StateImpact Oklahoma
Police respond to a shooting at Rose State College on April 24, 2023.

One person has died and another is in custody following a fatal shooting on the campus of Rose State College in Midwest City.

On Tuesday morning, Midwest City Police Departmentreleased a statement, identifying the alleged gunman as Brandon R. Morrissette, 30.

The victim, Robenie W. "RJ" Long Jr., was 20-years-old and a student at Rose State. The victim was allegedly walking out from the Humanities building with Morrissette's wife — also a Rose State student — when the shooting occurred.

"It appears this is some type of related — domestic-related — incident," said Midwest City Police Chief Sid Porter.

Morrissette is being held on complaints of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm on school property.

Rose State announced all classes were canceled through the end of Tuesday, and that the administration is working to coordinate counseling services for those who might need them.

Catherine Sweeney grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma State University. She has covered local, state and federal government for outlets in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
Deborah is local host/reporter for NPR’s All Things Considered afternoon news program on KGOU, joining the station in March 2023. Deborah has worked in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. She has experience in a variety of roles such as news reporter, news anchor, TV segment producer, news writer and newsroom managing editor. She also taught broadcast news classes at a Texas college.
StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations.
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