Well, that which I ranted about has happened again, this time closer to home. Not our home, mind you, but that of people we dearly love.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Athens —- A lone gunman turned a flawless spring day in this normally peaceful college town into a scene of chaos and horror Saturday, killing three people and wounding two at a community theater luncheon.
Police issued a nationwide alert for University of Georgia marketing professor George M. Zinkhan III after they said he gunned down his wife and two men at the Athens Community Theatre near downtown at 12:30 p.m. and then vanished.
The university notified 25,000 students through a text alert that a killer was on the loose, and a UGA Web site identified 57-year-old Zinkhan as the suspect in the slayings, which took place less than a mile from campus.
“We watched it happen,” said Beth Kozinsky, the theater’s membership director. “We were all in shock.”
Kozinsky said the theater company was hosting a homecoming lunch Saturday for current and former members when shots rang out.
Police say Zinkhan had been at the luncheon and argued with a man before leaving the building. Witnesses told police they saw Zinkhan, holding two handguns, re-enter the building from a parking lot and shoot the first victim at close range. [continued]
The only upside to this story is that it seems to be a simple rage or revenge killing, not s true mass shooting. Still, it is bad enough. I’d rather it happen around me instead of my friends. I’m not raising a kid or contributing to society in any meaningful way, so at least I’d have a shot (pun intended) at public service by removing a tumor from our collective corpus.