Professor charged over shooting


A biology professor at a southern US university was charged with murder over the shooting deaths of three fellow biology professors at the campus.

Authorities said Amy Bishop, an instructor and researcher at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus, opened fire during an afternoon faculty meeting, killing the three and injuring three other school employees.

Bishop was charged with one count of capital murder, which means she could face the death penalty if convicted.

Bishop was taken in handcuffs from a police precinct to the county jail and could be heard saying, “It didn’t happen. There’s no way .... they are still alive.”

Bishop, a neurobiologist from Harvard University, joined the UAH biology faculty as an assistant professor in fall 2003. She and her husband placed third in a statewide university business pla competition in July 2007, presenting a portable cell incubator they had invented. They won 25,000 US dollars to help start a company to market the device.