The 9th Soul

2 dead in Arkansas campus shooting; one suspect in custody

Posted in security by Fated Blue on October 27, 2008

Two students were killed and another person was wounded in a shooting at the University of Central Arkansas on Sunday evening, according to a hospital spokesman.


A police van on the University of Central Arkansas campus following a shooting Sunday.

A police van on the University of Central Arkansas campus following a shooting Sunday.

The shooting, which happened outside a dorm, prompted a campus lockdown and the cancellation of Monday classes.

One person was detained for questioning but has not been arrested, according to Lt. Rhonda Swindle, a spokesman for the campus police.

“At this time we do have some pretty good leads,” Swindle said.

One student died on the scene, and a second died at Conway Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.


The hospital spokesman said the person who died there was an 18-year-old male, but he did not have any additional information.

A third person, a 19-year-old male, was released from the hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg, a hospital spokesman said.

The shots were fired near Arkansas Hall and the Snow Fine Arts Center at 9:22 p.m. (10:22 p.m. ET), Swindle said.

Freshman Sam Hausen was about 50 feet away from the shooters when the gunfire began.

“I heard about five or 10 shots and, at first, I thought it was just firecrackers, because everybody always clowns around out there, but I just realized that it wasn’t firecrackers,” Hausen said.

As he began running away, he saw one of the wounded students hit the ground and another stumbled into the dorm, he said.

“I saw a couple cars speed off,” Hausen said. “I don’t know if they were the shooters or not.”

Student Lauren Knight was walking to the library when it happened. She said chaos erupted, with students scurrying for safety. Are you there? Share your story

When the campus lockdown was ordered, Knight was stuck with other students for several hours inside the library.

Classes were canceled for Monday at the university which serves about 12,500 full-time students in Conway, Arkansas.

Faculty and students were called and e-mailed through an automated system after 9:30 p.m. Sunday about the shooting. The messages urged them to stay inside and lock doors, according to The Associate Press. It was first time the system had been used since the university purchased it after the Virginia Tech massacre last year. 

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