MSU shooter Anthony McRae’s past shows warning signs

The article reports that Anthony McRae, the individual who was arrested and charged for shooting at a vehicle on Michigan State University’s campus in January, had a prior conviction for possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.

McRae was prohibited from owning a firearm due to his previous conviction, but he had managed to obtain a weapon illegally. The article also details the events of the shooting and the charges McRae is facing, which include assault with intent to murder and firearm offenses.

Lansing — State officials Tuesday identified 43-year-old Anthony McRae, who had a history of mental health issues and was charged with multiple gun-related crimes in 2019, as the believed gunman who killed three people and wounded five others at Michigan State University.

McRae, who was found off-campus after dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, was identified less than nine hours after police lifted a campus-wide shelter-in-place order following the mass shooting.

Officials with the Ewing Police Department in New Jersey said Tuesday they were told Michigan police found a note in his pocket that indicated a threat to two public schools in their township, where McRae had lived years ago. 

Michigan State University police officials confirmed a note was found on McRae. Ewing police investigated the threats and determined McRae “had a history of mental health issues.”