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Three dead in Casper attack; one may be past Lander resident

Nov 30, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton residents had Casper College students and staff in mind on Friday after an attack resulted in the death of three people on and near the campus.

Independent sources have identified James Krumm, formerly of Lander, as one of the deceased in the Friday incident. Krumm's address is listed as the 3700 block of Hawthorne Avenue in Casper, which is where authorities said one body was found Friday morning in connection with the alleged killings.

Krumm is listed on the Casper College website as a computer science instructor who works on the third floor of the Wold Physical Science Center where two people were found dead Friday morning.

He worked on the same floor and in the same building where the attack occurred, and he appears to have had a class there at the time of the attack.

Krumm spent nine years as an instructor at the Wyoming Life Resource Center, formerly the Wyoming State Training School in Lander. Officials would not confirm his involvement.

According to reports, two people were found dead just after 9 a.m. Friday in a third-floor classroom of the college's science center, with another body located about two miles away on Hawthorne Avenue.

Casper police chief Chris Walsh said the male suspect in the incident was one of the deceased located at the science center; the other two victims include one man and one woman. Walsh said the suspect was not a Casper College student, but he said all three people were acquainted with one another.

"I'm not prepared to explain the relationship just yet, but everybody involved was known to each other," Walsh said during a 1 p.m. press conference at the school.

No firearms were used in the incident, but Walsh said "edged weapons" were involved. He said a class was taking place when the on-campus incident occurred, and he emphasized that no suspects are believed to be at-large.

"There is not a threat of random violence," he said. "We have no indication of any kind of help or other people involved other than the three we have."

Riverton connection

Many Casper College students from Riverton contacted parents and friends on Friday to talk about the incident, which resulted in a lock-down for several hours on the Casper campus. One Casper College student alerted her parents to the situation shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, and a college employee with close relatives in Riverton said via text message that the alleged killer had committed suicide. The employee said the male shooting victim is believed to have been a Casper College professor.

Other speculation revolved around the possibility that a bow-and-arrow was used in the incident, and that the body found on Hawthorne Avenue belonged to the alleged killer's girlfriend. Walsh did not say whether Friday's victims were affiliated with Casper College either as students or professors.

Lander Journal publisher Anne McGowan was on campus Friday for a meeting with a Casper College registration official, who said college employees were "still in shock." McGowan reported that flags were at half-mast on the campus, and the Wold Physical Science Center was inaccessible to the public.

A significant police presence remained in the area, with at least one street closed off to motorists, she said late Friday morning.

Officials confirmed that most people had left the campus despite the lift of the lock-down. The Casper College website, which is equipped with "webcams" that provide regular views of several campus locations, showed police tape around the science center on Friday morning.

CWC response

Central Wyoming College administrators also were monitoring events at Casper College on Friday. Steve Barlow, CWC's director of campus safety, sent out an e-mail to staff members Friday morning, informing them about the "incident involving a homicide" at Casper College.

"We have no reason to believe that the Central Wyoming College students, staff and patrons are at risk in anyway at this time," Barlow wrote.

The Riverton Police Department agreed to provide extra patrols on campus throughout the day, but no Riverton facilities were put on lock-down as a result of the Casper incident. Barlow said he was busy Friday attending meetings with administrators and security staff to discuss the event.

"We're on it," he said. "We are and always have been aware that things can happen at any time. We have to stay prepared."

CWC public information officer Carolyn Aanestad said she placed a call to her counterpart at Casper College, but she had not heard back from him by midmorning Friday.

"He's probably the busiest guy on campus right now," Aanestad said.

If a similar situation took place in Riverton, Aanestad said CWC would activate its Rustler alert system and other software designed to send emergency messages to students and staff.

No homicides have ever been reported at CWC.

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