Two Central Arkansas Students Killed in Shootings

Police believe attack was not random; Monday classes canceled.


Classes at the University of Central Arkansas were canceled today after two students were shot dead and one nonstudent was injured along a narrow alley between a dormitory and a fine arts center Sunday night, the Echo reports. Ryan Henderson, 18, died on the scene, Chavares Block, 19, died at a nearby hospital, and nonstudent Matrevis Norman was treated for a gunshot wound to the thigh and was released from the hospital Sunday night.

Local police have brought in two suspects for questioning and are searching for two more; none of the four suspects is a student, and police do not believe the shooting was random. At a press conference Monday morning, the campus police chief added, "Twelve hours into this case, we have a pretty good picture forming of what occurred."

Residence halls were on lockdown for most of Sunday night, but President Tom Courtway reassured students this morning that the campus was safe and that classes would resume Tuesday.