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Hunt for professor after theatre killings

AUTHORITIES had few leads yesterday as they searched for a University of Georgia professor who disappeared after his ex-wife and two other men were shot to death outside a local theatre company near campus.

George Zinkhan, a 57-year-old marketing professor, was last seen on Saturday afternoon by his next-door neighbour when he dropped off his two young children at the neighbour’s house and said there was an emergency. Zinkhan left in his red Jeep and hasn’t been spotted since.

Authorities were monitoring airports in case Zinkhan tried to head to Amsterdam, where he owns a home, or Austin, Texas, where he has relatives. Zinkhan hasn’t used his credit card or any ATM machines as far as authorities can tell.

“We’re doing everything we can to shut him down,” said Athens-Clarke County Police captain Clarence Holeman.

“I believe he will turn up somewhere, somehow.”

Investigators haven’t been able to zero in on a particular area, Holeman said.

“Not when you’ve got 50 states to cover,” he said. “He could be anywhere.”

Meanwhile, friends of the victims dropped off flowers and lit candles yesterday in front of the Athens Community Theatre.

The three victims — identified by police as Zinkhan’s ex-wife, Marie Bruce, 47; Tom Tanner, 40; and Ben Teague, 63 — were members of Town & Gown Players, a local theatre group that was staging a performance of, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, at the theatre this weekend.

Meanwhile, a former student shot the night manager and another man inside a Hampton University dorm before turning the gun on himself, police and school officials said yesterday.

All three were taken to hospital.

No students were injured in the shooting.

The suspect, who is from Richmond, shot two Hampton men, ages 62 and 43, before shooting himself, police said in a statement.

The 18-year-old shooter is a former student and the older victim is the night manager of the dormitory, Harkness Hall.


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