By MEAD GRUVER
CASPER, Wyo. —
An attack at a small community college and a nearby neighborhood left three people dead, at least one from a sharp weapon as police tried to figure out how the violence unfolded in the community in the middle of Wyoming.
Police found the suspect and one of the victims dead at a science building on the Casper College campus, which was locked down for about two hours, school and police officials said. The other victim was found about two miles away. One of the two killed was a faculty member.
Authorities say the suspect used a sharp-edged weapon in at least one of the deaths.
The suspect wasn’t believed to be a Casper College student, but it did appear there was a relationship between him and the victims, Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh said. He didn’t identify the suspect or victims but said the victims were a male and a female.
“We’re locating next of kin and working on notification absolutely as fast as we can,” Walsh said.
He added authorities don’t believe there is any further threat to the community.
“I want to emphasize that this is a horrible tragedy,” Walsh said. “And I want the city to ... just feel safe right now. There is no one at large.”
The attack at the two-year community college in Casper, about 250 miles northwest of Denver, occurred just before 9 a.m. while class was in session.
The college sent out a campus-wide alert via text message and email within two minutes of receiving word of the attack at 9:06 a.m., school spokesman Rich Fujita said.
The campus was locked down and the science building was evacuated. The lockdown ended about 11 a.m. after school officials received word police were no longer searching for a suspect, Fujita said.
There are fewer classes on Friday than any other day of the week at Casper College, so only between 1,500 and 2,000 of the college’s 5,000 students were there, he said.