Six shot, 3 killed in Alabama University campus shooting

February 13th, 2010 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Huntsville (Alabama, US), Feb. 13 (ANI): Six people were shot at on Friday afternoon on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Three of the six died in the shootout, while the others were seriously injured, reports Fox News.

A biology professor has been taken into custody in connection with the incident, The Huntsville Times reported.

Amy Bishop, a Harvard University-trained neuroscientist and her husband have also been detained, the newspaper reported.

Neither has been charged.

Police said the shooter fired at about 4 p.m. during a biology faculty meeting on the third floor of the Shelby Center for Science and Technology.

The three injured people are being treated at Huntsville Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that two men and one woman had been taken there for treatment, with two of those patients in a critical condition.

CBS News affiliate WHNT-TV reported the suspect had been denied tenure at the university and the victims were all faculty members.

Police searched the floors of the Shelby Center before declaring the building secure.

The center, named for Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, opened in 2007 and contains teaching and research labs, classrooms, auditoriums and offices.

A 911 call indicated as many as 10 people may have been shot at the center by a woman in her 30s wearing a pink sweater, The Huntsville Times said.

The Huntsville campus, approximately 85 miles north of Birmingham, has about 7,500 students in northern Alabama, not far from the Tennessee line.

The university announced late Friday that all classes had been canceled and a command center had been set up with counselors available to speak to students.

Senator Shelby said he was saddened to hear of the shooting. (ANI)

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