Not too many details on this yet, but it’s another tragic story from a college campus:
Officials at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus say three people have been killed and another injured in a campus shooting. University spokesman Ray Garner says a woman is in custody but he could not identify her or any of the victims.
Sophomore Erin Johnson tells The Huntsville Times a biology faculty meeting was under way when she heard screams coming from the room.
The shooting happened Friday afternoon in the university’s Shelby Center, a science building. University police secured the building and students were cleared from it.
Usually these involve disaffected and socially isolated males, not females, so that detail is an eye opener. This just broke, and not too many other details have been published, but I’ll keep my eyes on this tonight.
Update: Changed the headline to specify the Huntsville campus.
Update II: The AP has updated its story to note that there are “several other” shooting injuries apart from the three deaths and one wounded in the original article, according to the mayor’s chief of staff.
Update III: Live video coverage from local station WHNT added.
Update IV: WAFF reports that the shooter was a faculty member who got denied tenure today:
Authorities said a female faculty member during a Biology faculty meeting learned she would not receive tenure. She then pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Update V: Three dead, three injured, two in critical condition — all faculty members. No students were targeted, according to news reports now.