- Joined Dec 6, 2000
By CURT WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago
SEATTLE - A man and a woman were shot to death in the University of Washington's architecture building Monday morning in what may have been a murder-suicide, university police said.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire found the two in an office on the fourth floor of Gould Hall, Assistant University Police Chief Ray Wittmeir said. He said a handgun was also found in the room.
"It's quite possible that the suspect is one of the deceased," Wittmeir said.
The victims were identified only as a woman in her mid-20s and a man in his 40s. Wittmeir said there were no witnesses to the shooting. About six shots were fired.
Student Meghan Pinch, 27, was in a first-floor classroom when she heard several loud bangs. She said she didn't think they were gunshots at first but then police told everyone to evacuate.
"No one wanted to really think it was real," Pinch said as she waited outside to learn if the victims were people she knew.
"We all are pretty close in this building," she said.
Gould Hall, built in 1972, is the university's architecture building. It houses three departmental offices, a dean's office, a library, shop, lab, computer facilities and classrooms, according to the university's Web site.[hr][/hr]
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