Shooting at Univ. of Texas; 1 Dead in Apparent Suicide

Police working to rule out possibility of second suspect
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 9:26 AM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2010 12:37 PM CDT
Shooting at Univ. of Texas; 1 Dead in Apparent Suicide
Students gather on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, Tuesday Sept. 28, 2010 after a shooting.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

A ski mask-clad gunman toting an AK-47 opened fire on the University of Texas' Austin campus today before killing himself in a library, police say. No other victims have been reported. Police locked down the campus for several hours before giving the all clear, though the Austin American-Statesman says they are still examining the possibility of a second suspect elsewhere, which could simply be the result of a mass of confused witness reports when the shooting began.

KXAN TV Austin adds that searches are being conducted to eliminate the presence of explosives that "may have been left behind by one or more suspects." Says a UT law professor, who described the shooter as wearing a shirt and tie, "He ran right in front of my car, fired two or three shots south sort of generally in my direction but not at me. They seemed to hit to my left sort of in the median. It didn’t look like he was targeting individuals. He was just sort of shooting into the ground." See AOL News for more details. (More campus shooting stories.)

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