Three People Killed at The University of Alabama – Huntsville in Deadly Shooting (Suspect: Dr. Amy Bishop)
Tragic news from Huntsville, Alabama …
Three are dead and one is wounded at the University of Alabama at Huntsville after a shooting took place Friday afternoon. The incident took place at about 4:15 pm in Shelby Hall. Police state that they have a woman in custody.
Police have not yet identified the victims or the suspect; however, a source told CBS News affiliate WHNT-TV that the suspect is a faculty member who was denied tenure at the university. The suspect is thought to be an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences who has taught courses in anatomy and physiology. It would appear that there are two suspects in custody now.
A source tells CBS News affiliate WHNT-TV that the suspect is a faculty member who was denied tenure at the university. After being denied tenure, the suspect walked into a biology department faculty meeting Friday afternoon and opened fire, WHNT-TV reports.
WHNT-TV in Huntsville reports that three victims were injured in the shooting. Two of those victims are in critical condition at a hospital, the TV station reports. Two of the injured victims are men and one is a woman, WHNT-TV reports. The gender of the victims in critical condition was not clear.
None of the victims were students, WHNT-TV reports.
Trent Willis, chief of staff for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, says there are several other shooting injuries in addition to the four. He doesn’t have an exact number.
WHNT-TV reports that two suspects, a man and a woman, are in custody.
Time Line of events can be seen HERE.
UPDATE I: Suspect was Denied Tenure and went on Shooting Rampage
Non-Tenured Professor goes on Shooting Rampage. That hardly seems the act of an some one from academia.
UPDATE II: Suspect named … Amy Bishop
Amy Bishop, received her doctorate from Harvard University’s Department of Genetics and came to University of Alabama – Huntsville in the fall of 2003 as an assistant professor of biology. The other individual taken into custody for questioning referenced above was Amy Bishop’s husband.
Dr. Amy Bishop, the suspect in Friday afternoon’s shooting inside UAHuntsville’s Shelby Building, is in police custody. The biology professor, who is in her 40′s, was detained after she allegedly entered a biology department faculty meeting Friday afternoon and opened fire on co-workers. Multiple sources have stated that Dr. Bishop was notified Friday morning she would not be receiving tenure and that this may have served as the catalyst in Friday’s tragedy.
UPDATE III: Names of Shooting Victims Released
Dr. G.K. Podila, Dr. Maria Ragland Davis and Dr. Adriel Johnson, all three faculty members at the university, died shortly after the afternoon shooting at the Shelby Center.
Dr. Joseph Leahy and Stephanie Monticciolo, a staff assistant, are in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital. Dr. Luis Rogelio Cruz-Vera is now stable, officials said.
Amy Bishop, 42, was charged Friday night with one count of capital murder, which means she could face the death penalty if convicted. Three of Bishop’s fellow biology professors were killed and three other university employees were wounded.
You mean all of this senseless violence and murder could have been prevented if an academic college professor would have been given tenure? For this denial of tenure, Amy Bishop murdered three of her colleagues, biology professors G. K. Podila, the department’s chairman; Maria Ragland Davis; and Adriel D. Johnson Sr. Is it any wonder why this loose cannon or individual with IED was not given tenure? Is this what we are to expect from professors who are not given tenure in the future?
Dr. Bishop had told acquaintances recently that she was worried about getting tenure, said a business associate who met her at a business technology open house at the end of January and asked not to be named because of the close-knit nature of the science community in Huntsville.
“She began to talk about her problems getting tenure in a very forceful and animated way, saying it was unfair,” the associate said, referring to a conversation in which she blamed specific colleagues for her problems.
“She seemed to be one of these persons who was just very open with her feelings,” he said. “A very smart, intense person who had a variety of opinions on issues.”
According to reports, Amy Bishop shot and killed her 18 year old brother in 1986 in Massachusetts that police called an accidental shooting. Now some 20+ years later she flies off the handle and guns down three professors. Hmm … accidental?
Amy Bishop was 20 in December 1986 when she shot her 18-year-old brother, Seth M. Bishop, in Braintree, Mass., the Boston Globe reported. She reportedly had asked her mother how to unload a round from a shotgun and fired a bullet while handling the gun, hitting her brother in the abdomen.
Bishop, now 42, was charged Friday night with one count of capital murder in the shooting death of three colleagues on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and more charges are pending. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
It would appear Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier seems to have a different recollection of the shooting. Frazier stated that Bishop sot her brother during an argument.
Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier confirmed today at a news conference that Amy Bishop had shot her brother in 1986. But Frazier offered a different account of the shooting, saying Bishop had shot her brother during an argument and was being booked by police when the chief at the time ordered the booking process stopped and Bishop released to her mother.
Frazier said he was basing his statements on the memories of one of his officers who was on the department at the time and had arrested Bishop. He said the records from the case have been missing since at least 1988.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘coverup’ … but this does not look good,” he said.