Friday, July 25, 2008

Phoenix College Shooting

Three people were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Phoenix, Arizona, community college on Thursday afternoon, July 24, 2008.

Police speculate that the shooting stems from a longtime dispute between the suspect and a student. Investigators say the suspect, who is a former student, shot three people in a computer room at South Mountain Community College. One of the victims was seriously injured and remains in critical condition on Friday.

Police arrested Rodney Smith, 22, nearby after he flew the scene to a nearby home. Witnesses say the suspect and student had a verbal confrontation shortly before the shooting.

Two people were struck by stray bullets and are in stable condition at Maricopa Medical Center. The third victim, who reportedly was the suspect's target, suffered a shot to the leg and is listed in critical condition.

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