Police and rescue vehicles near a shooting scene on the Univeristy of Alabama-Huntsville campus on Fri. Feb. 12, 2010. (WAFF Huntsville)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Police said a female member of the UA-Huntsville faculty shot and killed three co-workers on campus.
Huntsville Police, Madison County Sheriff's department and HEMSI responded to a shooting at the UAH campus at 4:00 Friday afternoon.
The shooting happened in the Shelby Center, a math and science classroom building.
Authorities said a female faculty member during a Biology faculty meeting learned she would not receive tenure. She then pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Tenure in this case refers to a senior academic's contractual right not to have their position terminated without just cause.
Police also have the alleged shooter's husband in custody. He has not been formally charged with anything.
UA-Huntsville spokesman Ray Garner confirmed three people were shot and killed.
Three others were wounded.
The FBI, ABI and U.S. Marshals are assisting in the investigation.
"Everybody's thoughts and prayers are with the families. The board will stay informed on what has happened and will do what it can to support the University," said University of Alabama Board of Trustees President Finis St. John IV.
"I am deeply saddened to hear of this horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Alabama Huntsville, and especially with the families of the victims," said Senator Richard Shelby.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," said Congressman Parker Griffith. "I am in contact with local authorities and am awaiting further details."
"This is a tragedy of immeasurable proportions and a terrible a blow to our community. Now is a time for thoughtful prayer for those affected. This is a devastating event for our community - and we all feel the shock from this tragedy," he continued.
Governor Bob Riley offered the state's assistance.
"This is a horrible tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I want to commend the Huntsville police, the Sheriff's office and State Troopers for their response. If there is any assistance state agencies can provide to local authorities, it will be provided," he said.