Student fatally shot, suspect detained at Georgia's Kennesaw State University


ATLANTA (AP) — Officials at Georgia's Kennesaw State  University say a student was killed in a weekend shooting outside a residence complex on campus, leading to a brief lockdown and the arrest of a man on a murder charge.

The campus was shut down for less than an hour after the 4 p.m. Saturday shooting. The name of the woman killed was not released in the university's statement on Sunday.

The suspect was not a student, according to the university. He fled campus after the shooting, which followed a dispute outside Kennesaw's Austin Residence Complex. He was arrested soon afterward. He faces charges of murder and felony assault. No bond had been set as of Sunday afternoon, according to Cobb County online booking records.

The school and Cobb County booking records listed the suspect's name as Samuel Harris, of Cairo, Georgia. No attorney of record was listed, and the Cobb County public defender’s office was closed for the weekend and wasn’t accepting telephone messages. Multiple calls to men named Samuel Harris in the greater Atlanta area went unanswered Sunday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is aiding local police with the case.

Student Robert Bowns told WSB-TV he was studying when he heard gunfire.

“All I heard was bop, bop, bop, seven or eight times,” said Bowns. “Five minutes later, I get a report from the campus that there was an armed intruder on campus.”

The university posted information on its psychological and counseling services for those needing them.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time,” University President Kathy S. Schwaig said in Sunday's statement.