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1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at off-campus party near Georgia university

The shooting occurred during homecoming weekend.
Posted at 11:30 AM, Oct 23, 2021

One person is dead and seven others injured after a shooting at an off-campus party near a Georgia university.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning in Fort Valley, near Fort Valley State University, authorities said.

Several students suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the university said. They were in stable condition, authorities said.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting, shared a photo from the "active scene" on Twitter Saturday morning, showing a house located several blocks from the campus.

GBI also confirmed the deceased was not a Fort Valley State University student, though they did not share further details.

Investigators are currently seeking the public's assistance in "identifying the person(s) responsible for the shooting," GBI said.

The university's campus was temporarily placed on lockdown "until campus police determined there was no threat to the campus community," school officials said.

The lockdown has since been lifted.

The shooting occurred during the state university's homecoming weekend.

School officials announced that its Saturday morning alumni breakfast and homecoming parade had been canceled. There will be "increased security protocols" at the homecoming game, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, it said.

"Our thoughts are with the students and their families as they recover," the university said.

ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway and Alexander Puri contributed to this report.