A shooting that left two students dead at the University of Central Arkansas did not appear random, authorities said Monday as the school's president pronounced the campus secure.
Three people were being questioned, but no one had been charged in Sunday night's shooting, which wounded a third person at the 12,500-student campus.
Though investigators did not know a motive, “It does not seem at this time that it was a random act,” campus police Lt. Preston Grumbles said.
Interim president Tom Courtway canceled classes Monday but said they would resume today. “Our campus is safe,” he said.
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The victims were shot in an alley between a dormitory and the Snow Fine Arts Center. One died on the sidewalk; police said the others rushed into the dorm.
Freshman T.J. Frix said he heard five gunshots as he studied for an exam in his room.
“I was like, ‘Maybe it's just fireworks,'” Frix said.
But soon, two bleeding men lay in the dorm hallway. Frix said he saw the surviving victim in pain from his leg wound. Two resident advisers performed CPR on the other man before paramedics rushed into the dorm, Frix said.
University police Lt. Rhonda Swindle said one person being questioned turned himself in and another was pulled over by police. A university statement late Monday afternoon said a third suspect had been detained, but did not elaborate.
Swindle identified the dead as Ryan Henderson, 18, and Chavares Block, 19. Nonstudent Martrevis Norman of Blytheville was shot in one leg and was released from a hospital after treatment.
Student Aprille Hanson, 20, of Mountain Home, said the shooting was “an eye-opener” in the quiet city of Conway, 30 miles north of Little Rock.
“I've never felt afraid on this campus,” she said. “Everyone's going to be a little more tense.”
Faculty and students got calls and e-mails through an automated system just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday warning of the shooting and urging them to stay behind locked doors.
School spokesman Warwick Sabin said it was the first use of the system, bought last year after a gunman at Virginia Tech killed 32 people and himself.