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    Post Police investigate shots fired at Henry Ford college

    April 10, 2009



    Police investigate shots fired at Henry Ford college

    By LORI HIGGINS and ROBIN ERB
    Free Press Education Writers
    Dearborn Police are investigating reports of shots fired on the campus of Henry Ford Community College.


    A police officer at the Dearborn department said he could not say for sure what occurred.

    A woman who answered the phone in the president's office at Henry Ford Community College tells the Associated Press police have secured the area but there was a gunman at the Dearborn school.

    Diane Green, Henry Ford’s associate dean of counseling, said the campus sent out a message by its early alert system — specifically by a call to her cell phone — earlier this afternoon.

    “They’re asking people to stay in offices and classrooms,” she said. “So we’re on a lockdown right now, but it’s very calm. They’re obviously taking control of the situation.”

    In fact, staff in her office, she said, continued to meet with students who had appointments.

    Meanwhile, public safety officers were put on alert at nearby University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus, but told there was “no threat” to the U-M campus, according to a statement issued by Rick Gordon, the police chief at the U-M campus.
    Come back later to freep.com for more.

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    Another Pistol Free Zone Incident. This is a current situation and reports are incomplete. A gunman commited suicide and wounded two others, one of which was an ex-ladyfriend.
    Semper Fi

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    Updated: 2 dead in murder-suicide at Henry Ford college

    2 dead in murder-suicide at Henry Ford college

    By LORI HIGGINS, ROBIN ERB and CHASTITY PRATT DAWSEY
    FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITERS
    A 20-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were killed during a murder-suicide at Henry Ford Community College today, police have confirmed.

    The two were in a theater class together today, but police were unable to substantiate any relationship between the two, Dearborn’s deputy police chief, Gregg Brighton, said.

    Police have not released their identities.

    Earlier today, police responding to a 12:40 p.m. report of a campus assault were inside the fine arts building when a shot gun blast was heard. Police then entered Room F-111 and found the bodies.

    Police believe the man shot the woman and then shot himself. Eight detectives, including four investigators from the Michigan State Police, were on the scene but police could release few details.

    The 17,000-student college had light attendance today – a religious holiday – and it appeared that no class was using Room F-111 at the time of the shooting, officials said.

    Marjorie Swan, vice president and controller for the college, said she was unsure whether Saturday classes would be held. Counseling services will be offered to staff and students, she said.

    “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young woman who lost her life,” Swan said.

    Responding officers escorted some students from building while the college activated its emergency notification system to alert students and staff by cell phone and e-mails that the campus was being locked down.

    The lockdown lasted about two hours during which time throngs of cars lined Evergreen Road waiting to pick up students.

    During the mayhem, nerves were frayed, but no panic ensued, staff and students said.

    Outside Henry Ford’s Science Building just after 2 p.m, Henry Ford student Joumana Naeym, 19, of Dearborn said she still was trying to understand what happened.

    An education major, she had been in a teacher’s office in the basement of the building when the teacher instructed Naeym not to leave. She remained for about two hours, she said, but didn’t hear any gunshots or what she assumed was the chaos outside.

    “I’m just nervous about it all,” she said.

    Matthew Head, 19, of Detroit was in a building across campus when a security guard told students to gather into the lunch room.

    “It came to me as a big surprise,” Head said. They were nervous upon hearing different stories about where the shooting was occurring.

    In the technology building, Hassan Mourtada, 19, of Dearborn Heights said he found out about the incident when a rushed in and said there was a shooting in the building next door.

    Mourtada ran to a window where he saw “the cops and their cars and guns out.”

    “It’s horrible, why would it happen on a campus like this?” he said.

    Diane Green, Henry Ford’s associate dean of counseling, said the campus sent out a message by its early alert system — specifically by a call to her cell phone - asking people to stay in offices and classrooms.

    “It’s very calm. They’re obviously taking control of the situation,” Green said today as police entered the campus.

    In fact, staff in her office, she said, continued to meet with students who had appointments.
    Meanwhile, public safety officers were put on alert at nearby University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus, but told there was “no threat” to the U-M campus, according to a statement issued by Rick Gordon, the police chief at the U-M campus.

    2 dead in murder-suicide at Henry Ford college | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

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    Semper Fi

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    it's so sad... I blame the gun.. I'm sure it just jumped in this guy's hands and turned him into a homicidal maniac.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Updated: Shooting victim's mother met her daughter's killer

    April 11, 2009



    Shooting victim's mother met her daughter's killer before campus attack

    By DAN CORTEZ
    FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
    The mother of the Henry Ford Community College student who was shot and killed Friday said she believes she met the man who is believed to have killed her daughter.


    Asia McGowan, 20, of Ecorse was shot and killed Friday morning in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the Dearborn campus. Dearborn police said Anthony Powell, 28, of Detroit, killed McGowan before he killed himself around 12:45 p.m. Pamela Patterson, McGowan’s mother, said this morning that she thinks she met Powell in March.

    “I shook his hand, he shook my hand,” Patterson said from her Ecorse home. “I should have felt something then. He was a quiet guy. He didn’t seem to be dangerous.”

    Dearborn police did not release any other details about the shooting, including a motive, early today. Patterson did not say that her daughter was dating Powell, although she added that McGowan had become more secretive about her life over the past several months and spent considerable time talking to others over the internet.

    Attempts to reach Powell’s family were unsuccessful.

    The 17,000-student college campus was closed today and will reopen on Monday. Patterson said her daughter did not have school on Fridays, but Patterson dropped her off around 10:30 a.m. so Patterson could rehearse for an upcoming dance show. It was in the afternoon when Patterson, at work at Tim Horton’s found out that her daughter was involved in the shooting.
    “I just thought, ‘Why does it have to be my daughter?’” Patterson said.

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    Sad and troubling..
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