3 dead in attack at Casper College in central Wyoming
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CASPER, Wyo. - An attack at a community college in central Wyoming and another location nearby left three people dead Friday morning -- a faculty member, another person, and the suspect, who police say used a sharp-edged weapon in the killings.
Police found two of those killed at a science building on the Casper College campus and the third at another location about 2 miles away.
Authorities didn't identify the suspect or victims but said two were male and one was female.
According to Lisa Icenogle, a spokeswoman at Casper College, the two males were found in the classroom on the third floor of the science building. The third victim, a woman, was found about two miles off-campus.
The suspect wasn't believed to be a student, but it appeared there was a relationship between the suspect and victims killed, Police Chief Chris Walsh said.
"We're locating next of kin, and working on notification absolutely as fast as we can," he said.
Walsh said he wanted the community to know there was no further threat.
"I want to emphasize that this is a horrible tragedy," Walsh said.
The attack occurred just before 9 a.m. Friday at the two-year community college. The campus was locked down after the attack, but the lockdown had ended by early afternoon.
According to the College's website, all activities and classes are cancelled Friday. Campus offices, however, are open and campus travel is permitted.
The school also announced that counselors are being made available.
Walsh said 33 law enforcement officers from different agencies responded to the college after receiving reports about an attack. He said authorities first thought it might have been an "active shooter type situation."
"We quickly contained the building, and started a sweep through the building," he said.
Walsh said within minutes of the initial call, there was another report of a traumatic injury about two miles southwest of campus. He would not specify where the suspect was found dead, but said, "one of those who is deceased is who we believe was committing all the violence."
Casper is Wyoming's second-largest city with a population of about 56,000. Wyoming residents refer to it as the "Oil City" because it's a hub for the state's small oil industry.
Casper is flanked to the south by Casper Mountain, scene of a massive wildfire in September that burned more than 24 square miles of forest and meadows and destroyed 37 homes and cabins.
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