DEARBORN, Mich. — Police in Michigan say two students were killed today in an apparent murder-suicide at a community college.
They say the bodies of 28-year-old male and a 20-year-old female were discovered in a room at a Henry Ford Community College building.
Dearborn Deputy Police Chief Gregg Brighton says police were responding to an emergency call about a gunshot on campus.
Brighton says that as officers entered the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, they heard another gunshot.
He says a shotgun was used in the killings.
The school, which is west of Detroit and has about 17,000 commuter students, sent alerts through an email and cell phone system and locked down the campus.
Marjorie Swan, the college’s vice-president and controller, say “nothing like this has ever occurred on campus.”
She said the school wasn’t as busy as usual because it was Good Friday.
Christian Plonka, a 12-year-old who attends a theatre program in the building, said he heard “one gunshot, and I saw someone getting pulled back into the room they were in.”
Plonka and other students in the program ran into a parking lot at the adjacent University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, where they waited until police allowed them to leave.
The shootings came a week after a man walked into the American Civic Association centre in Binghamton, N.Y., and killed 14 people before turning the gun on himself.