Police: Man Killed Professor In Front Of College Class, Then Himself

CASPER, Wyo. (November 30, 2012)—A murder-suicide Friday at Casper Community College in Casper, Wyo., happened in a classroom while class was in session, police said.

Police Chief Walsh said a man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person Friday morning in a Casper neighborhood before going to the college campus where he entered a classroom in a science building, killed a teacher, and then himself in front of students.

The first victim was found in a street about 2 miles away.

Police say the man used a sharp-edged weapon in at least one of the attacks, and no guns were involved.

Walsh said the man isn’t believed to have been a Casper College student, but said he did know both of his victims.

Casper said the man’s victims were a male and a female, but he did not release any names.

The attack occurred just before 9 a.m. Friday at the two-year community college.

The campus was locked down after the attack, but the lockdown had been lifted by early afternoon.

An alert notice on the school's website early Friday afternoon said Friday classes and activities are cancelled, but also said campus offices are open and travel is permitted.

Counselors were made available to students and staff.

During a private gathering of about 150 students, faculty members and staff Friday afternoon, Casper Community College President Dr. Walter Nolte urged the campus community to come together as a family.

“I have been a higher education administrator for about 40 years, and today has been, by far, the worst day of my career,” he told the group.

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