University of Arkansas Professor, Then Self
Arkansas -- Two men died Monday
afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide on the first day of classes at
the University of Arkansas, the university said on its Web site. "School
personnel survey the scene outside Kimpel Hall at the
University of Arkansas
The shootings occurred in a professor's office on the second floor
of Kimpel Hall, in the southeastern part of the campus in
Fayetteville, Arkansas, said Jay Nickel, assistant manager for media
relations at the university.
"We believe the two persons killed are a faculty member and a
graduate student, but that remains to be confirmed," Chancellor
John White said in a statement.
White said it was premature to speculate about the details
surrounding the shooting.
"This was, to the best of our knowledge, a possible dispute
involving two individuals -- (it) did not go further than that,"
Police received a 911 call about shots fired at 12:14 p.m. They
arrived to find a locked office and communicated briefly with a male
inside the room, said university police Capt. Brad Bruns.
Kimpel Hall houses faculty in a number of departments --
communication, drama, English, foreign languages and journalism, said
university spokesman Roger Williams.
The bodies were found in a section of the building that houses
offices for the English department, though it was not clear whether
the victims belonged to that department.
Patsy Watkins, chairwoman of the journalism department, said police
arrived at the building at 12:20 p.m., when many of the classrooms on
the second floor of Kimpel Hall would have been filled.
Students left the building in an orderly fashion, saying they had
been told to leave, Watkins said.
The chancellor urged students and faculty to call their families to
reassure them that they were unharmed. He also said counseling was
available for anyone traumatized by the shooting.
The 15,000-student campus is in the northwest part of the state.
U.S. President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
taught law there in the mid-1970s.
Reported By: Mike Nelson Director Keys To Safer Schools