UGA Coca-Cola Co. professor Sought In Triple Shooting
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens police are searching for a University of Georgia professor who they believe shot and killed three people Saturday afternoon at an off-campus location, said the university.
The University of Georgia issued a campus-wide alert stating professor George Zinkhan ,56, of Bogart, is a suspect in the shooting.
The shooting happened at about noon Saturday at a community theatre behind The Taylor-Grady House, a National Historic Landmark located in the 600 block of Prince Avenue. Channel 2 Action News crews were the first at the scene. WSB-TV photographer Erin Frederickson took pictures with her Blackberry as the story unfolded and talked with witnesses.
"I was leaving an Adult Literacy Council board meeting at Piedmont College across the street from where the shooting happened. As I was leaving the building, I heard gunshots and saw a lot of people running," said Gary Moon.
The Clarke County Coroner’s Office confirmed the deaths with the Channel 2 Action News assignment desk.
Athens-Clarke Assistant Police Chief Alan Brown told The Athens-Banner Herald that there is "some indication Zinkhan may have had multiple weapons."
Authorities said Zinkhan fled the scene before officers arrived and they did not know what triggered the shootings.
Zinkhan was last seen driving a 2005 red Jeep Liberty, with Georgia tag No. AIX 1376.
According to the university's Web site, Zinkhan is a Coca-Cola Co. professor in the department of marketing and distribution at the Terry College of Business.
In a statement, University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams said the university community was shocked and saddened.
"Our first thoughts are for safety of the university community and for prompt apprehension of the person responsible," Adams said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who have been affected."