Campus Shooting Survivor Says Professor Opened Fire Suddenly

By: AP
By: AP

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (February 16, 2010)--A survivor of the deadly shooting on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville says the biology professor charged in the attack started firing without warning.

Associate professor Joseph Ng said in an e-mail he was one of the 12 people who were sitting around an oval table during a Biology Department meeting Friday when Amy Bishop, who's identified in jail records as Amy Bishop Anderson, opened fire.

Ng said the meeting had been going on for about half an hour when the woman suddenly got up, took out a gun and started shooting.

He said she fired at each of the 12 people sitting around the table.

Three people were killed and three were injured.

Bishop, an assistant professor of biological science, was arrested a short time later.

She’s charged with capital murder and attempted murder.

Ng said the survivors dropped to the floor and rushed Bishop during a pause in the shooting.

They pushed her out the door and called 911.

Investigators later recovered a 9-mm handgun from the building where the shootings occurred.

Dr. Gopi Podila, chair of the university’s biology department, Dr. Maria Davis, an associate professor of biology and Dr. Adriel Johnson, also an associate professor of biology died.

Dr. Joseph Leahy, associate professor of biology, and staff assistant Stephanie Monticciolo were injured.

Classes on the campus were canceled for the entire week because of the shooting.

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