2 Shot Dead at Kentucky College

Police believe it was a 'domestic-type situation'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Members of the Perry County Sheriff Office respond to the scene at Hazard Community College last night.   (AP Photo/The Ashland Daily Independent, Joshua Ball)

(Newser) – Two people were killed and a teen girl critically injured after a gunman opened fire in the parking lot of a college in eastern Kentucky. Police say the shooting "could be related to a domestic-type situation" and nobody involved had any connection to Hazard Community College, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The alleged shooter, a 21-year-old man, turned himself in after the shootings.

Police have identified the victims as Caitlin Cornett, 20, who is believed to have had a child with the shooter, and her uncle Jackie Cornett, 53. Investigators believe the shooting happened after the couple met to exchange the child for visitation. Activities and classes for the school's 4,700 students today have been canceled. In a separate incident, a student opened fire at a college in St. Louis, Missouri, before turning the gun on himself, Reuters reports. The gunman and a school employee he shot are both expected to survive. (Read more Kentucky stories.)

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