A University of Alabama-Huntsville science professor with a doctoral degree from Harvard described as "gentle," opened fire in a faculty meeting Friday, killing three of her colleagues and injuring three more.
Friday afternoon Bishop sat in a faculty meeting for up to 40 minutes until she pulled out a handgun and shot and killed three other faculty members. She then left the room, dropping the gun in a bathroom. She was arrested outside the building by police minutes later.
An interesting facet in the case reveals Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old pianist brother in 1986. Records of the shooting have since gone missing but the case was originally marked an accident.
Police refused to comment on Bishop's motives for the shooting. However, Bishop was denied tenure at the university for which she had an appeal going for. Bishop was finishing up her final semester of the six year time limit the university will hold onto non-tenured professors.
Bishop had success outside of teaching. She and her husband developed an automated cell incubator slated to be marketed by Prodigy Biosystems. The company garnered $1.2 million in financing for the innovation.