A man who killed his teacher, then attacked a female with a bow-and-arrow weapon, also turned it on himself in a murder-suicide as students watched in horror at a Wyoming community college.
The killer had previously murdered a woman in the street about two miles away before storming into a science building on the campus of Casper College.
The classroom killing prompted a college-wide lockdown as police attempted to ensure that it did not spiral into yet another campus massacre.
Police officers responded in full tactical gear to the campus attack at Casper College, but soon realized that one of the three who were dead was the attacker.
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, but he did not offer specifics and it was unclear if the same or a similar weapon was used in all of the deaths.
The attacker was not believed to be a Casper College student and it appeared he knew the victims, Walsh said.
No names were released.
“We’re locating next of kin and working on notification absolutely as fast as we can,” Walsh said. He added authorities did not believe there was any further threat to the community. “I want to emphasize that this is a horrible tragedy,” he said. “And I want the city to… just feel safe right now. There is no one at large.”
The attack at the two-year community college in Casper occurred just before 9am in a classroom on the science building’s third floor. All students and staff were evacuated from the
The college sent out a campus-wide alert via text message and email within two minutes of receiving word of the attack at 9.06am, school spokesman Rich Fujita said. The lockdown ended at about 11am after school officials received word that police were no longer searching for a suspect.
There are fewer classes on Fridays than any other day of the week at Casper College, so only between 1,500 and 2,000 of the college’s 5,000 students were there, Fujita added.