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May 12, 2003
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Charges Pending in Ohio College Rampage


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Charges against a man who allegedly went on a shooting rampage at a university business school won't be filed until police finish gathering evidence in the cordoned-off building where a man was fatally shot and two others wounded, authorities said.

Police Sgt. Donna Bell said investigators could finish processing the scene at Case Western Reserve University as early as Monday and file charges against former Case graduate student Biswanath Halder, who was being held in the city jail. He had not hired an attorney or had any visitors as of Sunday, Bell said.

Halder, 62, was arrested after a seven-hour standoff Friday with police in the Peter B. Lewis Building, a shiny, swirling building filled with twisting corridors that complicated Halder's capture. Authorities said 93 people had been trapped inside, hiding in offices, classrooms and closets.

Two people injured in the shooting -- a 32-year-old man shot in the buttocks and a 46-year-old woman shot in her collar bone -- were released from the hospital Saturday.

Hundreds of people attended a campus prayer service Sunday and lit candles in the memory of Norman Wallace, 30, the graduate student who was killed. University president Edward M. Hundert said the campus service and a service earlier in the day at Wallace's hometown church in Youngstown sent a strong message of mutual support.

By attending the service, Bishop Prince Moultry of the Intouch Christian Center Moultry told those present, ``It's your way of saying, 'We love you and the dream will never die.'''

Halder, a native of Calcutta, India, recently lost an appeal of a lawsuit he filed against a university computer lab employee, accusing him of deleting information from his Web site that bills itself as a network devoted to resources for natives of India living outside of the country.

Court records show Halder sued Shawn Miller, a computer lab assistant at the university, in June 2001. Miller has denied doing anything to Halder's computer files.

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Halder complained about Miller to everyone from the police to the FBI.

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