Prayer Service today for UA Huntsville shooting spree victims

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A private prayer service was scheduled for Sunday at noon for the UA Huntsville shooting victims. This service is for students, faculty and staff only.  A public service will be held Friday, February 19th.

Police said a Amy Bishop shot and killed three co-workers on campus Friday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the Shelby Center, a math and science classroom building.

Authorities said, Bishop, a faculty member, learned during a Biology faculty meeting that 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.

"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.

Three people were also wounded in the shooting. Two remain in the hospital. They are listed in critical condition.

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