SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A librarian at Northeast Lakeview College was shot and killed Monday by a fellow employee, college president Eric Reno said.
Reno identified the man who was killed in the library as Devin Zimmerman, 37. He said the gunman, a 62-year-old adjunct librarian, sat down after the shooting and waited to be arrested.
The man was taken into custody but had not been charged by late Monday.
Reno said the two men knew each other and often worked together.
“I wish we had an explanation for why this happened,” Reno said in a story in Monday’s online edition of the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s a tragedy nobody could have imagined.”
Students were in the library when the shooting occurred, but Reno would not say how many. Police evacuated everyone in the building.
Troy Swansen, a 21-year-old student, said he heard shots near the library counter, but could not see because a pillar obstructed his view.
“I was wondering, ‘That can’t be a gunshot,”’ Swansen said. “A few more came out and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s a gunshot.”’
Derek Adair, a 24-year-old business administration major, said he was sitting in the cyber cafe about 20 feet from the library door when he heard “loud pops” and saw flashes out of the corner of his eye. He ran from the building.
“Everybody was just trying to get out of the building before they got shot,” he said.
Officials have canceled Tuesday classes at the college but students will be able to speak with counselors, Reno said.
Reno said Zimmerman had been at the school since last fall. He said the gunman had worked part-time at the library off and on since 2003.
© Copyright 2005 by DiverseEducation.com