Watch live: Community gathers to mourn victims of Michigan State University mass shooting

Several prayer services and vigils are scheduled to honor the victims, including one at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in the Detroit suburb that was home to two of the students killed in the shooting.

Three students are dead as a result of the shooting while five more remain in critical condition. Michigan State University Interim Deputy Police Chief Chris Rozman said the first two victims were killed at Berkeley Hall while the second was gunned down in the student union building.

The gunman, identified Tuesday as Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, died from a self-inflicted gunshot after a massive manhunt led to a confrontation with police.

University police identified the three dead students as sophomores Arielle Anderson and Brian Fraser and junior Alexandria Verner. All three hailed from the Detroit metropolitan area.

Interim MSU President Teresa Woodruff said Tuesday that the school has moved to emergency operations for two days to allow students, staff and faculty "to think, grieve and be together" after a "day of shock and heartbreak."

The school has 50,000 students, almost 20,000 of whom live on campus. A Family Assistance Center was set up for families to pick up their on-campus students. Counselors were available for staff and students.

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