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  • 2/12/10 Prof. charged in 3 fatal shootings on Ala. campus

    http://www.comcast.net/articles/news...sity.Shooting/


    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 at the campus.

    Authorities say Amy Bishop, an instructor and researcher at the university, opened fire during an afternoon faculty meeting, killing the three colleagues 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, 42, 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."

    University spokesman Ray Garner said the three killed were Gopi K. Podila, the chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, and two other faculty members, Maria Ragland Davis and Adriel Johnson.

    Three others were wounded, two critically, in the gunfire, which Davis' husband said occurred at a meeting over a tenure issue. The injured were identified as department members Luis Cruz-Vera, who was listed in fair condition, and Joseph Leahy, in critical condition in intensive care, and staffer Stephanie Monticello, also in critical condition in intensive care.

    No students were harmed in the shooting, which is in a community known for its space and technology industries.

    Sammie Lee Davis said his wife, Maria Ragland Davis, was a researcher who had tenure at the university.

    In a brief phone interview, he said he was told his wife was at a meeting to discuss the tenure status of another faculty member who got angry and started shooting.

    He said his wife had mentioned the shooter before, describing the woman as "not being able to deal with reality" and "not as good as she thought she was."

    Bishop, a neurobiologist who studied at Harvard University, joined the UAH biology faculty as an assistant professor in fall 2003.

    She and her husband placed third in a statewide university business plan competition in July 2007, presenting a portable cell incubator they had invented. They won $25,000 to help start a company to market the device.

    Amanda Tucker, a junior nursing major from Alabaster, Ala., had Bishop for anatomy class about a year ago. Tucker said a group of students went to a dean complaining about Bishop's performance in the classroom, and Tucker signed a petition complaining about Bishop.

    "When it came down to tests, and people asked her what was the best way to study, she'd just tell you, `Read the book.' When the test came, there were just ridiculous questions. No one even knew what she was asking,'" said Tucker.

    Andrea Bennett, a sophomore majoring in nursing, was in one of Bishop's classes Friday morning.

    Bennett said nothing seemed unusual, but she described Bishop as being "very weird" and "a really big nerd."

    "She's well-known on campus, but I wouldn't say she's a good teacher. I've heard a lot of complaints," Bennett said. "She's a genius, but she really just can't explain things."

    Bennett, an athlete at UAH, said her coach told her team Bishop had been denied tenure and that may have led to the shooting.

    "She went to Harvard, so she is very smart. I can see that her getting denied tenure at UAH would be pretty upsetting," said Bennett.

    Nick Lawton, 25, also took an anatomy and physiology class with Bishop last semester. He described her as funny and accommodating with students.

    "She lectured from the textbook, mostly stuck to the subject matter at hand," Nick Lawton said. "She seemed like a nice enough professor."

    Sophomore Erin Johnson told The Huntsville Times a biology faculty meeting was under way when she heard screams coming from a conference room.

    University police secured the building and students were cleared from it. There was still a heavy police presence on campus Friday night, with police tape cordoning off the main entrance to the university.

    The Huntsville campus has about 7,500 students in northern Alabama, not far from the Tennessee line. The university is known for its scientific and engineering programs and often works closely with NASA.

    The space agency has a research center on the school's campus, where many scientists and engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center perform Earth and space science research and development.

    The university posted a message on its Web site Friday afternoon telling students the campus was closed Friday night and all students were encouraged to go home. Counselors were available to speak with students.

    It's the second shooting in a week on an area campus. Last Friday, a 14-year-old student was killed in a middle school hallway in nearby Madison, allegedly by a fellow student.

    "This town is unaccustomed to shootings and multiple deaths," Garner said.

    Mass shootings are rarely carried out by women, said Dr. Park Dietz, who is president of Threat Assessment Group Inc., a Newport Beach, Calif.-based violence prevention firm.

    A notable exception was the 1985 rampage by Sylvia Seegrist, who opened fire in a mall in Springfield, Pa., killing three. Dietz, who interviewed Seegrist after her arrest, said it was possible the suspect in Friday's shooting had a long-standing grudge against colleagues or superiors and felt complaints had not been dealt with fairly.

    Gregg McCrary, a retired FBI agent and private criminal profiler based in Fredericksburg, Va., said there is no typical outline of a mass shooter but noted they often share a sense of paranoia, depression or a feeling that they are not appreciated.

    "They think somebody is out to get them or has mistreated them in some way," McCrary said. "They go back to right this perceived injustice."
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  • #2
    saw this on news while working out... news didnt even have details to give out at that point ... crazy to see its a professor ... look who is learning from who now a days


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      if he kills all the proffs he would be the best one by default
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      • #4
        Originally posted by crackheard420 View Post
        if he kills all the proffs he would be the best one by default
        its a chick
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        • #5
          clearly on her rag
          Formerly known as "J-Dubb"

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          • #6
            thank god mark ingram wasnt injured

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            • #7
              WOW..This bitch is pretty crazy. They are probably going to kill her

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              • #8
                more info

                HUNTSVILLE, Ala. The husband of an Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues said Monday that the couple went to a shooting range recently, but that he didn't know where she got the gun she used for practice.

                His description of Amy Bishop's "normal" demeanor leading up to Friday's shooting at a faculty meeting matched an account by a witness, who said the gathering was unremarkable until the gunfire broke out. Bishop, a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, is accused shooting six people at the meeting, three fatally. Two of the survivors remained in critical condition Monday.

                Bishop's husband, James Anderson, said he knew his wife had a gun, but didn't know when or how she got it.

                "I really don't know how she got it, or where she got it from," he told The Associated Press in an interview at his home.

                Police have previously said Bishop had no permit for the gun they believe she used in the shooting, and investigators said they didn't know where she got it. It's not clear if that was the same gun that her husband knew about.

                Bishop's husband said nothing unusual happened on their trip to the shooting range, and that she didn't reveal why she took an interest in target practice. Nothing in her behavior in the days before the shooting foreshadowed the violence last week, either, he said.

                "She was just a normal professor," he said.

                Before the shootings Friday, the meeting was tranquil enough that ecology professor Robert O. Lawton was working on a manuscript about trees instead of paying full attention to the discussion. He said Bishop's behavior didn't stand out.

                "It was an ordinary faculty meeting. Then it became unordinary," Lawton said Monday, declining to elaborate on what he saw.

                Investigators haven't commented on a possible motive, but Bishop was vocal among colleagues about her displeasure over being denied tenure by the university, forcing her to look for work elsewhere after this semester.

                On Monday, some victims' relatives were questioning how Bishop was hired at the university in 2003 after she was involved years ago in separate criminal probes. University of Alabama in Huntsville officials were meeting privately to review the files concerning her hiring.

                In 1986, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home. She told police at the time that she had been trying to learn how to use the gun, which her father had bought for protection, when it accidentally discharged.

                Authorities released her and said the episode was a tragic accident. She was never charged, though current Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier questions how the investigation was handled. Frazier said she also fired once into a wall before hitting her brother, then fired a third time into the ceiling.

                Her husband said Monday he had known about her brother being shot, but said "it was an accident. That's all I knew about it."

                In another incident, The Boston Globe reported that Bishop and her husband were questioned by investigators looking into a pipe bomb sent to one of Bishop's colleagues, Dr. Paul Rosenberg, at Children's Hospital Boston in 1993. The bomb did not go off, and nobody was ever charged.

                Anderson defended himself and his wife as innocent people questioned by investigators casting a wide net. He said the case "had a dozen people swept up in this and everybody was a subject, not a suspect."

                "There was never any indictment, arrest, nothing, and then everyone was cleared after five years," he said.

                Huntsville police spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts said his department didn't find out about either of the older cases until after the shooting on campus. He said police were checking with law enforcement to confirm details of the pipe bomb probe.

                Sylvia Fluckiger, a lab technician who worked with Bishop in the early 1990s, said Bishop had been in a dispute with Rosenberg shortly before the bombs were discovered, though she didn't know the nature of the disagreement.

                "It was common knowledge," she said Sunday.

                It was not clear Monday if UAH spoke with Rosenberg when it hired Bishop, an associate professor whose research led to an innovative cell incubator now being developed for market by a private company, Prodigy Biosystems, that employs her husband.

                Sammie Lee Davis, whose wife, Maria Ragland Davis, was killed in the shooting, expressed concern that UAH hired someone with a past like Bishop's.

                "This is all new to us," he said of her past.

                The slain professor's two stepdaughters said they were shocked that Bishop was hired.

                "I think they need to do a little more investigation when coming down to hiring teachers and things like that. Maybe looking a little deeper into their past about certain things. This is a lot coming out ... It's a shocker," said Melissa Davis on ABC's "Good Morning America."

                University of Illinois law professor Matthew Finkin said that because Bishop wasn't charged with a crime before, the fatal shooting and pipe bomb cases would not have shown up on most background investigations.

                "I don't see what the institution (UAH) could have done," said Finkin, who recently co-wrote a paper on the subject for the American Association of University Professors.

                He said there are more extensive and expensive types of background checks that might have turned up those incidents.

                "But we normally don't do those for a reason and a respect for privacy. They are very invasive," Finkle said. "You can't function in an atmosphere of suspicion."

                Bishop is charged with one count of capital murder, which can lead to a death sentence in Alabama if convicted, and three counts of attempted murder.

                Killed were Gopi K. Podila, the chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, and professors Adriel Johnson and Davis. Two of the wounded professor Joseph Leahy and staffer Stephanie Monticciolo were in critical condition Monday. The third, Luis Cruz-Vera, had been released from the hospital.
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                • #9
                  damn
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 7Eleven7 View Post
                    thank god mark ingram wasnt injured

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                    • #11
                      a "normal" professor does not kill their brother with a shotgun then call in a bomb threat and then kill 3 other people. bitch is nuts.
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                      Grate their skin, eat their flesh
                      Break into a scientists lab
                      Vivisect the fucker, stab em to death

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                      • #12
                        "Satan gets into people and makes them do things they don't want to"
                        --Herbert Mullin

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                        • #13
                          she went to the shooting range prior to stopping on campus. I also read that she killed her brother but they have "lost" paperwork on the case.

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                          • #14
                            what

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by klemsin666 View Post
                              "Satan gets into people and makes them do things they don't want to"
                              --Herbert Mullin
                              it isnt supernatural, this woman is just a crazy bitch.

                              if god has a divine plan, and satan got into people, does that mean he gave satan free will to deviate from his plan? he is did he is a dumbass.
                              I think it should be done to you
                              Kill furriers, rip off their heads
                              Grate their skin, eat their flesh
                              Break into a scientists lab
                              Vivisect the fucker, stab em to death

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