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Tenure Denied
Tenure Denied
A February 2010 faculty meeting of the Biology Department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville descended into chaos when assistant biology professor Amy Bishop, recently denied tenure, allegedly drew a 9 mm handgun from her bag and opened fire down one side of the conference table, shooting one faculty member after another. The shooting ceased only when the gun jammed or ran out of ammunition. One brave faculty member, Joseph Ng, approached Bishop, urging her to stop. Ng and several others forced Bishop from the room, and barricaded the door. Bishop then phoned her husband and asked him to pick her up. Police arrived and arrested Bishop before her husband arrived. Three faculty members, including the chairman of the biology department, were killed in the shooting, and three injured. Bishop stands accused of three counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder in the case.
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