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CONWAY, Ark. - A shooting in the heart of the University of Central Arkansas' campus killed two students and wounded a third person, authorities said early Monday.
UCA police spokeswoman Lt. Rhonda Swindle said the first report of shots fired came at 9:19 p.m. An officer heard the shooting, which occurred near a male dormitory and behind the campus police station, and arrived on the scene in less than a minute, she said.
Witnesses described hearing as many as five gunshots ring out. One man fell to the sidewalk along the narrow alley between the dormitory and a fine arts center and died. Swindle said the two others rushed into the dorm, where paramedics later found them.
One man died at a local hospital, while another who wasn't a student was treated and released, Swindle said.
Swindle had no immediate explanation for the shooting, though she said police questioned one "person of interest" into the early morning hours. She said detectives believed four people were involved in the attack, though no arrest or search warrants had been issued in the case.
"We have really good leads we're following up on right now and we feel the campus is safe," Swindle said.
Swindle declined to identify the victims of the shooting, saying officers continued to try and reach their families. The lieutenant said their bodies would be sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsies.
Interim UCA President Tom Courtway canceled classes Monday at the university, which serves 12,500 students. He stressed that every precaution was being taken to ensure the safety of the students who remained in their dormitory rooms.
"It doesn't matter where this happens in the country - it's awful," Courtway said.
Police used crime scene tape to keep people out of a large area around where the shootings occurred, including a nearby intersection. Pools of blood still stained the cold cement sidewalk early Monday morning. Firefighters' foam sprayed over the alleyway to clean away traces of the attack congealed with the blood, turning to an orange froth.
Student Aprille Hanson, 20, of Mountain Home said the shooting was "definitely an eye-opener" in the quiet city of Conway, about 26 miles north of Little Rock.
"This campus is very safe. I've never felt afraid on this campus," Hanson said. "Everyone's going to be a little more tense."
However, the campus remained under guard Monday morning, with police cruisers circling its quiet streets and officers roaming the grounds in flak jackets and blue jeans.
"The UCA campus itself is not locked down, although officers are posted at every campus entrance, and access to campus is limited to residents and authorized personnel," UCA spokesman Warwick Sabin said in an e-mail early Monday.
Faculty and students received phone calls and e-mails through an automated system at 9:38 p.m. warning them of the shooting and encouraging them to stay inside behind locked doors. Sabin said it was the first incident to prompt use of the university's new emergency e-mail and phone call system, purchased last year after the Virginia Tech massacre.
Swindle said video captured by surveillance cameras also installed at the campus after the massacre would be examined.
Sunday's shooting is the second at an Arkansas college this year. On Feb. 27, a man was shot and wounded at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Two suspects were eventually charged. The victim, James Earl Matthews, was hospitalized and had surgery before being released.

Courtway said he thought police officers and the university's emergency alert system performed well in the minutes after the shooting. However, he promised to conduct a thorough examination of shooting to ensure students' safety in the future.
"This is just an awful tragedy. It's the worst thing that can happen on a college campus," Courtway said. "We have start looking at everything."
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Four Charged in Arkansas College Shooting

By JON GAMBRELL
Associated Press Writer

CONWAY, Ark. --

Four men were charged Tuesday with capital murder and other felonies for the fatal shootings of two students and wounding of a third near a University of Central Arkansas dormitory, and officials said the victims may not have been the assailants' targets.
The two murder charges against each defendant carry either the death penalty or a life sentence if convicted. However, Prosecutor Marcus Vaden declined to say if he'd ask a jury for the death penalty.
"Certainly, that is on the table," Vaden said at a news conference.
Kawin Brockman, 19, of Conway; Kelcey Perry, 19, of Morrilton; Mario Toney, 20, of Little Rock; and Brandon Wade, 20, of Lake Village, also face charges of attempted capital murder, eight counts of terroristic threatening, and gun violations.
They are accused of killing Ryan Henderson, 18, of Little Rock, and Chavares Block, 19, of Dermott. Martrevis Norman of Blytheville was wounded in the leg but has been released from the hospital.
Investigators declined to offer many details of the shooting Sunday night at the campus in Conway, about 30 miles north of Little Rock.
The men appear to have driven up on a group of students near the Arkansas Hall dormitory and fired at least eight rounds from a semiautomatic pistol, campus police Lt. Preston Grumbles said. He declined to say whether or not multiple handguns were used.
"It appears that they were not the intended targets," Grumbles said. "It appears that, at this time in the investigation, that they were no way involved in the motive that we're formulating."
While Vaden declined to elaborate, he said the defendants each has some sort of criminal record.
So far, some suspects have spoken with investigators about the night of the crime, while others have remained silent, the prosecutor said.
"This is an incredibly heinous case," Vaden told reporters. "When you have a situation where it appears some, if not all of the victims were innocent bystanders, that's bad."
The men remain held in the Faulkner County jail without bond pending a court hearing. Police declined to identify their lawyers. Telephone numbers registered in Perry's and Toney's names were disconnected. A number for Brockman could not be found. A man who answered a number in Wade's name said the defendant was not represented by a lawyer. The man declined to comment.
The university resumed classes Tuesday, with students mostly quiet as they walked through the autumn chill. More than 300 students, faculty members and Conway residents filed into an auditorium in the afternoon to remember the two slain students. Those entering passed a pair of enlarged photos of the two slaying victims - Henderson looking at the camera with a pensive look on his face, hands clasped; Block posing in an all-white suit at his 2006 high school prom.
"We will move forward," Wendy Holbrook, associate dean of students, told those gathered. "We will not forget."
Students swayed to "Amazing Grace" and later stomped and clapped to a gospel ballad.
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