Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2 dead, including gunman, after shooting at Dallas-area college

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Police say two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at a suburban Dallas community college on Wednesday.

The Irving Police Department said on Twitter that there is no continuing threat.

An active shooter had been reported at North Lake College in Irving, Texas early on Wednesday afternoon, and the school was placed on lockdown.

A police spokesman in Irving, James McLellan, told reporters that two people were found fatally shot in a campus building, and that officers were still clearing the building, USA Today reported.

The police department said the suspected gunman had been armed with a handgun. They described him as a white male with a "buzz" haircut, wearing an orange tank top with a gray stripe and carrying a black jacket.

Local media showed multiple police vehicles surrounding the campus as students fled the area.

One woman who said she witnessed the shooting said she saw a man walk up to a woman and shoot her three times, FOX 4 reported.

"I left work at 11:30 and I was walking in the hallways and I was about to reach the big hallway which we use as an art exhibition. I saw a guy standing there and there was a girl sitting in a chair. And it happened too quickly. I saw him shooting her three times," she said.

Other students also told media they heard three shots. One student, Joseph Le, told CNN he heard a man yell, "Leave her be!" after the shots rang out.

The incident comes just days after a man enrolled at the University of Texas went on a stabbing spree on Monday with a large hunting knife at the school's Austin campus about 200 miles to the south of Irving. One student was killed and three were wounded, police said.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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