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Three Dead After College Murder-Suicide in Wyoming

Responders outside the science building at Casper College

Responders outside the science building at Casper College

This morning, November 30, 2012, a man in Casper, Wyoming, armed with a knife or other “sharp-edged” weapon killed one person about two miles from the Casper College. Within minutes he entered the science building on the community-college campus and, just before 9 a.m., shockingly, killed a professor in front of his students, and then killed himself. The campus was almost immediately put on lock down for two hours, giving police time to ensure that the killer did not have any accomplices still at large. Officers from 33 federal and state agencies responded. Classes were cancelled and students were later sent home.

At this time it is not known how many students were in the room at the time, or what class was being taught. Information about what weapon was used in the murder-suicide has not been released, though authorities confirmed that no guns were involved. Investigators so far do not have a motive for the killings. The victims’ identities have not been released pending notification of kin, but police did say that the professor was male and the other victim, who was found in the street minutes after the murder-suicide was called in, was female. Also the killer was not a student at the school, but seems to have known the victims.

At this time authorities are focusing their efforts on helping the victims’ families and the student body to cope with the violence and death that shook the small, close knit college community.

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