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Prof. charged in deadly campus shooting

3 slain in incident

February 13, 2010

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Two shooting victims are taken Friday from the Shelby Center on the campus of the University of Alabama to an ambulance after multiple people were shot in Huntsville, Ala Officials at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus say three people were killed and three injured in a campus shooting.

Two shooting victims are taken Friday from the Shelby Center on the campus of the University of Alabama to an ambulance after multiple people were shot in Huntsville, Ala Officials at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus say three people were killed and three injured in a campus shooting.

— A biology professor at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus was charged with murder late Friday in the shooting deaths of three fellow biology professors at the campus.

Authorities say Amy Bishop, an instructor and researcher at the university, opened fire during an afternoon faculty meeting, killing the three and injuring three other school employees. Bishop has been charged with one count of capital murder, which means she could face the death penalty if convicted.

Bishop, 42, was taken Friday night in handcuffs from a police precinct to the county jail and could be heard saying, “It didn’t happen. There’s no way .... they are still alive.”

Police said they were also interviewing a man as “a person of interest.”

University spokesman Ray Garner said the three killed were Gopi K. Podila, the chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, and two other faculty members, Maria Ragland Davis and Adriel Johnson.

Three others were wounded, two critically, in the gunfire, which Davis’ husband said occurred at a meeting over a tenure issue. The injured were identified as department members Luis Cruz-Vera, who was listed in fair condition, and Joseph Leahy, in critical condition in intensive care, and staffer Stephanie Monticello, also in critical condition in intensive care.

No students were harmed in the shooting, which is in a community known for its space and technology industries.

Sammie Lee Davis said his wife, Maria Ragland Davis, was a researcher who had tenure at the university.

In a brief phone interview, he said he was told his wife was at a meeting to discuss the tenure status of another faculty member who got angry and started shooting.

He said his wife had mentioned the shooter before, describing the woman as “not being able to deal with reality” and “not as good as she thought she was.”

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