08 February 2008

cnn: shooting at louisiana technical college in baton rouge

updated with new video

cnn: three dead including the shooter

louisiana technical college - baton rouge campus official website

Update on Louisiana Technical College Baton Rouge Campus Shooting Incident from Dr. Joe May, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

UPDATE: saturday 09 february 2008
baton rouge morning advocate
Motive mystery in BR shootings
Advocate staff writers
Published: Feb 9, 2008 - Page: 1A

Police remained stumped late Friday as to why a woman shot and killed two other female students and then herself at Louisiana Technical College.

“We still are no closer to learning a motive,” Sgt. Don Kelly, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said Friday afternoon. “We’ve interviewed several witnesses … and are unable to determine why this happened.”

The shootings began around 8:30 a.m. when 23-year-old Latina Williams walked into a second-story classroom on the college’s campus at 3250 N. Acadian Thruway East, Kelly said.

Williams spoke with a teacher and left the classroom, only to return moments later through a back door.

Williams then emptied a six-shot .357-caliber revolver into Karsheika Graves, 21, and Taneshia Butler, 26, Kelly said. Williams reloaded the weapon and shot herself in the head.

About 20 people were in the classroom, Kelly said.

No one else was injured.

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UPDATE: 6:46 pm cdt

BATON ROUGE, LA. Police have identified the three women shot to death inside Louisiana Technical College this morning by a woman who then killed herself.

The two victims are 21-year-old Karsheika Graves and 26-year-old Taneshia Butler, Sgt. Don Kelly said.

The deceased shooting suspect has been identified as Latina Williams, 23, Kelly said.

No one else was wounded in the shooting.

All three women were Louisiana Technical College students, Kelly said. Police still don't know the motive, he added. ~ source baton rouge morning advocate
update: baton rouge morning advocate

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A 23-year-old woman shot and killed two other women in a vocational college classroom Friday, then killed herself, police said.

All three were students at the Louisiana Technical College campus, but the motive was not clear, said Sgt. Don Kelly, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department.

He said the two victims were 21 and 26 years old.

Police were not releasing their names because their families had not been notified.

There were about 20 people in the second-floor classroom when the shooting occurred, Kelly said.

Officers ran into the building within four minutes of the first 911 call, which came at 8:36 a.m., he said.

"There was mass pandemonium, people running," Kelly said. "One officer - the first into the classroom - told me he could still smell gunpowder."

Police blocked off streets around the small campus.

Classes were canceled through Tuesday, and tentatively scheduled to resume Wednesday, said Jim Henderson, vice president of the Louisiana community and Technical College System.

Students had to stay in their classrooms for about two hours before being released for the day, said Louis Davis. He said he was taking a test for an automobile technology class when a teacher "said to stay in the classroom because there's been an incident." Davis said

He said they were allowed to leave after a police officer asked them brief questions.

The students' names and ages were not immediately released, and it was not clear whether the shooter also was a student.
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update: some comments from youtube: (see link)
I go to school at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, I would've been in class at that time, across the hall from the shooting, but for once in my life I was late, because for no apparent reason my alarm did not go off. I arrived 10 minutes after the shooting, and have been crying all day, I was very worried about my friends that were in class, a couple of my friends did witness the shooting.

...We are all shocked about what happened. I ask that everyone pray for our students and staff. Sadly, Taneshia Butler, has three children and a husband, so please prayer for them. Pray for Karsheika Graves's family as well. I am horrified and shocked that this happened and just ask for anyone to pray.

PLEASE people do NOT resort to violence for any reason, talk to someone, someone will listen. Violence will not solve or help any problems.

That's all I can say right now and God Bless!