December 1, 2012 in Nation/World

Police: Murder-suicide happened during class

Mead Gruver Associated Press
 

CASPER, Wyo. – A man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person in a Casper neighborhood Friday before killing a male teacher and himself in front of students in a community college classroom, causing a campus-wide lockdown as authorities tried to piece together what happened.

Police found the suspect and teacher dead at a science building on the Casper College campus, which was locked down for about two hours, school and police officials said. The other victim, a woman, was found in a street about two miles away.

Casper police Chief Chris Walsh said the murder-suicide took place in a classroom with students present, but he didn’t know how many students or what the class topic was.

He said investigators were still trying to determine a motive.

Walsh said an “edged weapon” was used in at least one of the killings, but he didn’t offer specifics and it was unclear if the same or a similar weapon was used in all of the deaths.

The attacker wasn’t believed to be a Casper College student, but it appeared he knew the victims, Walsh said. No names were released.

He added authorities didn’t believe there was any further threat to the community.

The attack at the two-year community college in Casper, about 250 miles northwest of Denver, occurred just before 9 a.m. in a classroom on the science building’s third floor. All students and staff were evacuated from the building.

The college sent out a campus-wide alert via text message and email within two minutes of receiving word of the attack at 9:06 a.m., school spokesman Rich Fujita said. The lockdown ended at about 11 a.m. after school officials received word that police were no longer searching for a suspect, Fujita said.

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