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Professor sought in killing of three near Univ. of Ga.

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Police say three people have been killed and three others have been injured at a shooting at a community theater near the University of Georgia.

Authorities were searching Saturday for a professor in the shooting deaths.

Athens-Clarke County Police Major Mike Shockley says authorities were called to the theater about 12:30 p.m. and found three adults slain by gunfire. He says three others were injured, "possibly by ricocheting bullets."

He declined to release the identities of the victims.

Shockley says police are looking for 56-year-old George Zinkhan, a marketing professor at the school in Athens, which is about 70 miles east of Atlanta.

He says authorities do not know what triggered the shootings.

Athens-Clarke Assistant Police Chief Alan Brown tells The Athens-Banner Herald that there is "some indication he may have had multiple weapons."

In a statement, University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams said the university community was shocked and saddened.

"Our first thoughts are for safety of the university community and for prompt apprehension of the person responsible," Adams said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who have been affected."

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