University of Arizona professor shot dead on campus, suspect in custody

A University of Arizona professor was shot dead on campus by a former student on Wednesday, officials said. The suspect has been taken into custody.

University of Arizona Police Chief Paula Balafass said the shooting took place inside the Hershberger Building on the university’s main campus in Tucson. Balafas said that someone inside the building at around 2 pm local time contacted the police and asked them to remove a former student who was not allowed to stay there. When the police were leaving, they got a second call saying that a bullet was going on. Calling the police later, it was said that the shooter had fled the building.

Balafas said firefighters treated the victim and was taken to a local hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The professor was not identified, but Balafas said he was a professor of hydrology. Balaphas could not elaborate on any prior relationship between the shooter and the victim.

Balafas said the suspect, identified as 46-year-old Murad Darwish, was detained after a traffic stop just outside Gila Bend, Arizona — about four hours after the shooting — by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Balafas said. . Gila Blend is located about 120 miles northwest of Tucson.

The building where the shooting took place is just north-west of the university’s bookstore and student union. The campus alert directed people to stay away from the area which was under lockdown.

Classes, activities and other campus events were canceled for the rest of the day. Classes will resume on Thursday, Balaphas said. But the building where the shooting took place may be closed.

Tucson is where former US Representative Gabby Giffords was shot and injured in 2011 during a meeting with constituents outside a supermarket. Six people died, and 13 others were injured, including Gifford.

20 years ago this month, a disgruntled nursing student at the University of Arizona shot and killed three nursing professors before taking their own lives.

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