On Tuesday, the day before President Obama is expected to announce new proposals to control gun violence, two campuses were stunned by shootings.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that two people were killed and one was injured in a shooting at Hazard Community and Technical College, in Kentucky. The shooting took place in the early evening and the college went into lockdown until authorities said that it was safe for people to move about. Classes were being held in two buildings on campus when the shooting took place.
Authorities said that the motive for the shooting may have had nothing to do with the college. A man charged in the shooting is reported to have had a child with a woman whom he allegedly killed, and officials believe the couple used the college's parking lot to exchange the child for visitation. The child was not injured.
College officials have called off today's classes at the campus.
The shootings in Kentucky came hours after a man reported to be a part-time student at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts shot the St. Louis college's financial aid director and then himself on Tuesday, KMOV television reported. Police officers quoted by the station did not identify a motive for the shooting of Greg Elsenrath, Stevens' financial aid director, by the unidentified student. The shooter was taken into custody at the hospital, where both he and Elsenrath were taken; both are expected to survive.
The Associated Press reported that the shooting was not random and that that aid director "appeared to be targeted."
Here is a compilation of articles from the last two years about higher education, shootings on campus and regulation of guns:
- College presidents urge President Obama to take actions to prevent gun violence.
- Two Casper College faculty members killed.
- Essay by president of University of Connecticut in wake of the killings in Newtown.
- How campus safety and mental-health experts try to identify those who may be prone to be shooters.
- Colorado Supreme Court bars the University of Colorado from banning guns on campus.
- Momentum shifts away from gun bans and limits on college campuses.
- How higher education defeated a move to allow concealed weapons on Texas campuses.
- Why some students push for more guns on campuses.
- After ex-student at Pima Community College shoots a Congresswoman, experts consider the challenges faced by community colleges in dealing with potentially dangerous students.
- Essay on what it is like to be a professor fearful for your safety because of a student.