Woman holds college hostage, kills children www.privateofficer.com
Woman holds college hostage, kills her children http://www.privateofficer.com
By: Rick McCann
Ntl Assoc. Private Officers
A woman who walked into a health services building with a weapon at the University of Louisville was disarmed by University Police and set off a chain of events on Thursday.
School spokeswoman Cindy Hess says university police arrived seven minutes after receiving a call and found a hostage situation. Hess says she doesn’t know how many people were taken hostage, but there were no injuries.
Hess says the woman was disarmed shortly after police arrived.
An initial posting on the school’s Web site described the person as a student, but Hess said she couldn’t confirm that.
The university sent safety alerts to student phones, cell phones and posted one on its Web site. Hess says the campus was not locked down.
But now the mother of two finds herself facing even more serious charges as police say that she is suspected of killing her own children.
Louisville Police say that Gail L. Coontz, 37 shot her two children while they slept and then went to the University of Louisville with the gun and took people hostage.
Neighbors said they’re more accustomed to seeing kids playing in the street than they are crime scene investigators pounding the pavement.
“When I seen them putting the tape up, my heart kind of sank,” said neighbor Sheryl Hayden.
Hayden said that when she saw the police outside 4709 Settle Boulevard, she knew something was terribly wrong inside her next door neighbor’s home.
Metro Police say that officers arrived about 9:20 a.m. after campus police called LPD to make a welfare check on two children living there.
University police said that Coontz had walked into a building seeking a counselor Thursday and held someone hostage and made a remark about her children’s well-being.
“Officers did make entry when they arrived and unfortunately, discovered the bodies of two children who had been the victims of multiple gunshot wounds,” said Metro Police Detective Phil Russell.
“It makes me sick,” said Patty Schneider, who was good friends with the family. “The kids were good kids. I have teenagers like her son. It’s just hard.”
She said Coontz was a widower with two children — a boy and a girl. She had recently gone back to school to get her degree.
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