|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Fri, 18 Jan 2002
A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death Friday at the community college she attended, then killed himself, authorities said.
Moriah Ann Pierce, 20, was studying to become an elementary school teacher, according to a statement from Broward Community College, southwest of Fort Lauderdale.
Michael Holness, 23, of Miramar, shot her, then himself, because of a domestic dispute, police Lt. Gary Killam said.
Several students witnessed the late-morning shooting, but no one else was injured.
“I turned around and I saw the girl was shot,” student Joe Fazio said. “It looks like she was shot in the back of the neck. Then I heard the second gunshot. I turned around and the guy was laying on the ground.”
It was the third shooting at schools nationwide in the past week.
On Wednesday, the dean, a professor and a student were shot and killed at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. A student who had recently flunked out was arrested.
Two students were shot and wounded Tuesday at Martin Luther King Jr. High School on New York City’s Upper West Side. A teen-ager was arrested Friday.