Nursing student kills three and himself

TWO women professors at an Arizona nursing college were shot dead

The male student, who had been stopped from taking a mid-term exam, then killed himself at the University of Arizona’s School of Nursing in Tucson. Witnesses said the student arrived late for class and the two professors told him they would not allow him to take a crucial exam. He then opened fire on the two women, shooting them numerous times, as other students looked on, they said.

After the shooting, he told the other students in the classroom to remain calm, they said.

University police declined to identify the victims or release any information on the dead. However, the university had said earlier that two female professors had been shot.

The college and nearby buildings were immediately evacuated as police investigated, said spokeswoman Lisa Wakefield. Police said officers were going room to room, searching for any other possible victims. They found a fourth victim north of the university’s main campus. Spokesman Marco Borboa said officers had been told to watch for a potentially hazardous device. He said he couldn’t elaborate.

University Medical Centre spokeswoman Kate Jensen confirmed the shootings and said the two professors were women. The college and nearby buildings were evacuated. Police escorted groups of students, faculty and administrators in shuttle buses to another building, where counsellors were being made available.

Spokeswoman Dana Wier said students and faculty looked shaken, and people in her office were just trying to make them comfortable.

The university has 34,000 students.

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