2 dead, 1 wounded in Arkansas university shooting
Classes were cancelled Monday at the University of Central Arkansas as police continued to investigate a shooting that killed two students and wounded another on Sunday night.
The first report of the shooting occurred at 9:19 p.m. when a campus police officer heard gunfire near the male dormitory, which is behind the campus police station, said university police spokesman Lt. Rhonda Swindle.
Police arrived on the scene less than a minute after the shots were heard, Swindle said.
An automated emergency system warned faculty and students of the shooting by phone and e-mail on Sunday night and encouraged them to stay out of the area and lock their doors.
Five gunshots were fired and one man fell to the sidewalk in a narrow alley between the dormitory and a fine arts building, according to police. That individual later died.
Two other victims were also found in the dorm building, Swindle said, and were taken to hospital. One of those individuals died at the hospital while the other was treated and released, she said.
The individual who was released was not a student.
The identities of the victims have not been released.
Police are still trying to reach their families, Swindle said, and their bodies will also undergo autopsies.
Detectives believe four people were involved in the attack, she said.
'Really good leads'
Swindle added police have questioned one person in connection with the shooting, but she declined to comment on why the shooting may have occurred.
"We have really good leads we're following up on right now and we feel the campus is safe," Swindle said.
No arrests have been made, Swindle said, and no search warrants have yet been issued.
Video surveillance from the campus was also being reviewed on Monday, Swindle said.
University officials were expected to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. ET to update the situation.
Classes were cancelled on Monday at the university, which serves about 12,500 students, but the campus remained open.
Police had the area where the shooting occurred taped off on Monday morning along with a nearby intersection.
"This is just an awful tragedy. It's the worst thing that can happen on a college campus," interim university president Tom Courtway said. "We have to start looking at everything."
Police cruisers patrolled streets in the vicinity on Monday morning and additional officers were on campus and monitoring the entrances to the school to ensure only people authorized to be on the grounds entered the area.
Student Aprille Hanson, 20, said the shooting was "definitely an eye-opener" in the quiet city of Conway, about 40 kilometres north of Little Rock, where the university is located.
"This campus is very safe. I've never felt afraid on this campus," Hanson said. "Everyone's going to be a little more tense."