HAZARD, Ky. — Two people were killed and one teen was critically injured in a parking lot shooting at Hazard Community and Technical College on Tuesday.
Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said the shooting just before 6 p.m. “could be related to a domestic-type situation” that was unrelated to the school.
The victims had not been identified as of 9 p.m., but Allen said those who died were a man in his mid-50s and a woman in her late 20s. A juvenile girl who was critically injured in the shooting was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
The alleged shooter turned himself in to Kentucky State Police and was being interviewed by Hazard police Tuesday night. Allen said the shooting, which was reported just before 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the First Federal Center Building on campus, “is not related to the school in any way.”
Allen said officers would likely be working at the scene until after midnight. He said they would probably get warrants to search several vehicles and a residence.
“We’re going to slowly and methodically work this,” he said.
Allen said police have recovered a semi-automatic pistol that is believed to have been used in the shooting.
Wednesday classes at the Hazard campus have been canceled, said President Stephen Greiner.
He said the school went into lockdown after the shooting. By just after 7 p.m., Greiner said he had gone with police to release students and faculty in the two buildings on campus where classes were being held when the shooting happened.
“There were no witnesses in the buildings,” Greiner said. “Of course, it’s a tragedy and they still can’t believe it would happen on our campus.”
Two classes with a total of 28 students enrolled were scheduled to be held in the First Federal Center Building Tuesday evening, according to the college’s online schedule.
Classes resumed for the spring semester on Monday. Greiner said the school has 2,700 to 2,800 students enrolled and that registration is still open.