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University in Arkansas Grapples with Shooting that Kills Two

October 27, 2008 10:45 AM
by Josh Katz
Classes are canceled, students are shaken, and perpetrators remain at large, following a school shooting at the University of Central Arkansas Sunday night.
Two students are dead and a third person is wounded after a shooting at the University of Central Arkansas. Classes on Monday were canceled following Sunday night’s shooting in an alleyway near a male dormitory and a campus police station, the Associated Press reports. The third victim, who was released from the hospital, is not a student at the university.

Police have not yet made any arrests, but University police spokeswoman Lt. Rhonda Swindle claimed that they have questioned one “person of interest.” Police also believe that “four people were involved in the attack,” the AP reports. Sky News reports that one of the four suspects is in custody.

“This campus is very safe. I’ve never felt afraid on this campus,” said Aprille Hanson, a 20-year-old student at the university. “Everyone’s going to be a little more tense.”

Swindle claims that an officer who heard gunshots arrived on the scene in under a minute, Sky News writes.

Police on Monday are currently patrolling the second largest campus in Arkansas, which has about 12,500 students, according to Bloomberg.

The school’s Web site indicated that gunshots were reported at 9:19 p.m. local time on Sunday. “One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and another died later at Conway Regional Medical Center,” Bloomberg writes.

University spokesman Warwick Sabin said that this was the first time the college has implemented its “emergency e-mail and phone call system,” which it acquired after the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007.

The University of Central Arkansas incident is the second college shooting to occur in the state this year. On Feb. 27, a shooting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock left one man injured, according to the AP.

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