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One killed, seven wounded in off-campus party shooting at central Georgia college

The incident happened near Fort Valley State University. The GBI is handling the investigation.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — One person was killed and seven others were wounded in a shooting at an off-campus party near Fort Valley State University in central Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed early Saturday.

The GBI said it happened on Carver Drive in Fort Valley as the students celebrated their homecoming weekend. 

11Alive's Macon sister station WMAZ reports the Peach County coroner Kerry Rooks identified the victim who was killed as 27-year-old Tyler French. The GBI said he was not a current FVSU student.

In a statement, the school confirmed there were student injuries but said: "none have been reported as life-threatening."

Video appearing to capture part of the shooting was posted to social media, with multiple gunshots ringing out (graphic content warning: video here.)

Fort Valley State, an HBCU with an enrollment of about 2,500, is in Peach County about 25 minutes west of Warner Robins, Ga. and about an hour-and-a-half south of Atlanta.

The school said it had temporarily placed the campus on lockdown after the incident, but that it was now lifted.

"Our thoughts are with the students and their families as they recover. Counseling is available through the Office of Student Counseling and Outreach Services," the school said. "Students may call 478-825-6278 or 1-833-855-0085."

The school said its homecoming parade scheduled for 9 a.m. had been canceled in light of the incident.

The plan is to still go ahead with the football game with "increased security protocols in place" the school said.

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