February 17, 2010

Debra Moriarity: The Gun Jammed, in College Killing (UPDATE)

The shocking shooting at the University of Alabama was a terrible tragedy but could have been even worse if it hadn't been for quick action and luck. After an interaction with friend Debra Moriarity led Amy Bishop out of the room, Bishop's gun then jammed and Debra was able to return to the room and lock Bishop out, and the survivors tended to the three dead and three wounded.

It is speculated that she was set off by failing to get tenure at the school, and also noted that she apparently had a history of possible violent incidents in the past. She seems to have had serious mental problems and should have been in intensive clinical therapy or getting hardcore prescription drugs for her mental illiness.

Amy Bishop was a longtime professor at the University of Alabama for years and seemed an unlikely person to go on a killing spree, but that is exactly what happened when she arrived at the school she worked at so long and began killing her co-workers.

Debra Moriarity: The Gun Jammed, in College Killing

Three people died; three others were wounded. Two of them remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition, according to a spokeswoman for Huntsville Hospital. The third has been released. Moriarity, who joined the school's faculty in 1984, said the casualties have not affected her plans to remain at the school. And she rejected any suggestion that her role in getting Bishop out of the room was heroic. "She followed me out in the hall and then the gun jammed and I could get back in the room," Moriarity said. "That's not being a hero. That's just God looks out for you..."

Debra Moriarity: The Gun Jammed, in College Killing

Posted at February 17, 2010 6:44 PM