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3 dead, 3 injured in campus shooting

Published: February 13, 2010
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — 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.

Authorities say Amy Bishop, an instructor and researcher at the university, opened fire during an afternoon faculty meeting on campus, 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 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.”

The three slain faculty members were identified as G.K. Polia, Maria Ragland Davis and Adriel Johnson.

The injured victims are professor Joseph G. Leahy, who was in critical condition Friday night; professor’s assistant Stephanie Monticello, also in critical condition; and professor Luis Rogelio Cruz-Vera, who was in stable condition, Huntsville Hospital spokesman Burr Ingram said.

The attack took place about 4 p. has disabled the comments for this article.