In what authorities are currently labeling a likely murder-suicide on the campus of North Lake College in Irving, Texas, two people have died. The Texas college was on lockdown due to reports of an active shooter earlier this afternoon, but within an hour Irving police determined there was no further cause for campus-wide concern due to the apparent suicide of the involved shooter.
Update May 4, 2017: North Lake College victim and shooter identified; campus closed until Monday, May 8, 2017. Details below.
The above message was sent by the college on Twitter about two hours after an initial message warning students and faculty of the campus lockdown shortly after 12 p.m. EST:
Police have continued to search the North Lake College campus to ensure the safety of everyone, but have found nothing untoward in that search. North Lake Campus, a two-year public community college has closed for the remainder of today, including any evening classes and tomorrow, Thursday, May 4, 2017.
A math tutor at the college who said she witnessed the event, Nasrin Nanbakhsh, told authorities a woman was sitting in a chair in the hallway of a campus building when a man walked up to her and shot her three times. Nanbaksh explained she ran into a room, locking the door and turning off the lights before emailing her supervisor to explain what had happened.
An Irving police spokesman said the gunman then took his own life after shooting the woman. The victims have not yet been identified pending notifications of the families.
May 4, 2017: North Lake College has canceled classes for the rest of the week in the wake of the shooting incident that took place on campus on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, leaving two people dead.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old North Lake College student, Janeera Nickol Gonzalez, whose body was found by police in the Performance Hall Building. Police then searched the campus, looking for her shooter, Adrian Victor Torres, 21. His body was found in a locker room shower stall in Building “F,” where he lay dead from what authorities say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gonzalez’s family said that Torres had been stalking their daughter for a period of time prior to Tuesday’s shooting. Lucia Gonzalez, Janeera’s mother explained:
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“He had been stalking her for a quite a while, but she didn’t make anything of it. She thought he was harmless but he had left the campus at North Lake to go to UNT or something like that. About three weeks ago he came back. We’re not aware if he was actually back enrolled in North Lake or if he was just coming there just to keep an eye on her or whatever.”