Police Hunt for Georgia Prof, Suspected of Killing 3

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2009 9:41 PM CDT
George Zinkhan, in a 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/University of Georgia, Robert Newcomb)
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(Newser) – Authorities were on a nationwide manhunt for a University of Georgia professor suspected in the shooting deaths of three people, including his ex-wife, at a community theater near campus today. Police were searching for 57-year-old George Zinkhan, who has been a marketing professor at the university in Athens since the 1990s.

The shooting happened outside the Athens Community Theater during a midday gathering of the theater group. A man and woman in their 40s and another man in his 60s were killed. The shooter left his two young children in the car when he opened fire on the group, police said. A neighbor of Zinkhan's said the professor later dropped off the children with him and left after saying there was an emergency. The children were with police.