FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11-02-91 1400HRS. CST
Iowa University Student Goes on Rampage after Losing Honor
Chicago,IL. A disgruntled Iowa University student, upset about not completing
his graduate degree studies, shot six (6) other people and himself yesterday
in Iowa City. Reportedly a Chinese student, by the name of Yu, was upset that
another student had received academic honors for his dissertation and was
going to graduate with his Doctorate in Physics (Phd.). Yu had reportedly
filed a written complaint with the Board of Academic Advisors and sent copies
to the local press, in regard to one of the students that he killed.
According to spokesperson Anne Rhodes, of the University of Iowa, the assail-
ant walked into the Van Allen Hall (Physics Building) and began shooting. He
killed or wounded four (4) students there, and then walked to Jessup Hall
(Administation Building) , where he shot two more people. He was found dead
on an upper floor of the administration center, shortly thereafterward, from a
self-inflicted gun shot wound. Rhodes said that the identification of the
victims was being withheld from the press until notification of the victim's
families had been accomplished.
Iowa City Police Chief R.J. Winkelhake reported that a police standard .38
caliber revolver was recovered from near the dead body of the angry student.
Police estimated that the entire incident probably took place within 10-15
minutes and that the student fired one shot at each of his victims. Police
speculated that Yu was fairly experienced with a handgun and that each of the
victims was shot at close range.
Students from the University of Iowa were in total shock that such an incident
could happen in the normally peaceful Iowa City. Several related their lack
of disbelief that a fellow student could undertake such a vicious and deadly
attack. At least one student that reportedly knew the Chinese student who
carried out the attack said, "Yu was very quiet and studious, no one would
ever believe that he (Yu) would do such a thing". "All he wanted to do, was to
succeed and win his doctorate in physics", he concluded.
Iowa City rescue workers described the scene as being "pretty bloody". An
Emergency Medical Technician stated that they had attempted to resuscitate
several victims with little or no success, due to the accurate placement of
the bullet wounds. At least two of the victims did not expire at the scene,
were stabilized and transported to an area hospital. At the time of this
report, both victims were reported in critical and possibly unstable condi-
tion. A senior University official was reportedly badly wounded, undergoing
extensive surgery and his outcome was in serious doubt.
By: Clark Staten
Executive Director Emergency Response & Research Institute
5656 N. Moody, Chicago,IL 60646
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