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University Professor Suspected in Shooting of Wife, Three Left Dead

Three people were killed Saturday in a community theatre after a University of Georgia professor opened fire, said police officials. (New York Times)

Police identified George M. Zinkhan III, 57, a marketing professor at the university, as the suspected gunman. They were responding to an emergency call that was placed around 12:30 p.m. from the Athens Community Theatre in downtown Athens. Three people were found dead while at least one other person was left injured.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution identified one of the victims as Marie E. Bruce, 47, the wife of Zinkhan, as well as the president of the theatre’s board of directors. The other two victims, Ben Teague, 63, and Tom Tanner, 40, who were also board members. (New York Times)

Zinkhan is currently at large.

According to Athens-Clarke Assistant Police Chief Alan Brown, there is “some indication he may have had multiple weapons.” (USA Today)

According to the New York Times, Zinkhan had dropped his children off with a neighbor either immediately before of after the shooting.

Josh Gurley, 21, a student who was in Zinkhan’s course on consumer behavior at the university also said that the professor had suddenly canceled class last week and told students they didn’t need to take the class final exam. (New York Times)