Shooting at University of Central Arkansas Leaves 2 Dead

The bad news keeps coming. What a Monday.

Two students are dead and a third is injured after a shooting late Sunday night on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

The Associated Press is updating the story on ArkansasBusiness.com here. UCA has a news conference scheduled at 9 a.m. You can watch the news conference live on KTHV-TV, Channel 11, and on its Web site, THV2.com.

It has been a rough year for UCA. Former President Lu Hardin resigned after a scandal involving secret dealings for deferred compensation. Then, it was discovered that the university had broken the law by maintaining a line of credit with a local bank without the state’s blessing.

After the jump, UCA’s news release on the shooting, issued early this morning.

27 OCTOBER 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Warwick Sabin (501-450-3247)

Information about UCA campus shooting

CONWAY, ARK. — In an effort to provide the most comprehensive,
reliable and up-to-date information about the shooting incident that
occurred during the evening of Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, on the campus of
the University of Central Arkansas, UCA will release as much information
as possible on its homepage at http://www.uca.edu.

The UCA Police Department received a call at 9:19 p.m. reporting shots
fired.  At the same time, a UCA police officer heard the shots and
responded immediately.

The first two UCAPD officers were on the scene of the shooting at 9:19
p.m.  The incident occurred outdoors between Arkansas Hall and the Snow
Fine Arts Center.

The first MEMS ambulance arrived on scene at 9:28 p.m., and the first
Conway Fire Department vehicle was on scene at 9:30 p.m.

One victim, a UCA student, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two other
injured victims were transported to Conway Regional Medical Center.  One
of those victims, also a UCA student, died at the hospital.  The other
victim, who was not a UCA student, was treated and eventually released
from the hospital.

The names of the victims will not be released until their relatives are
notified.

UCA residence halls and the UCA Student Center were immediately locked
down after the incident was reported.  However, the UCA campus itself is
not locked down, although officers are posted at every campus entrance,
and access to campus is limited to residents and authorized personnel.

All 25 UCAPD officers were immediately dispatched.  The UCAPD’s
automated alert system was initiated, and every residence hall was
contacted by telephone to instruct officials to secure the facilities
and restrict access to the buildings.  E-mails were sent to UCA student,
faculty and staff e-mail systems, as well as the Safe@UCA e-mail
listserv.  A notification also was posted on the UCA homepage at
http://www.uca.edu, as well as the UCAPD website at http://www.ucapd.com.

The UCAPD is conducting a joint investigation with the Conway Police
Department and the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.
A person of interest has been detained, although that person is not
under arrest at this time.

Classes are canceled at UCA for Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.

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