SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — San Jose State University students anxiously awaited details Wednesday about a shooting at a campus parking garage that left three people dead, including the suspected gunman. Police were investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

School officials did not release a possible motive or said if the two males and one female were students at the school. They hope to release more information on Thursday.

The lack of information made some students nervous.

“You just don’t expect anything like this happening because we’re on a college campus and it’s supposed to be safe,” sophomore Alex Johnson, 19, said as he stood near the six-story parking garage where the slayings occurred Tuesday night.

University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said Wednesday the three people have what she described as a “university affiliation.” She said their names have not been released because officials have been unable to track down the next of kin of one of the victims.

“We’re still looking into how they knew each other, what their relationships were,” Harris said.

Harris said that was a male and female inside a car and a third individual outside the vehicle when shots were fired on the third floor of the garage around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The first officers on the scene recovered a handgun and quickly determined it wasn’t random and highly unlikely anyone else was in danger, she said.

The slayings are believed to be the first shooting deaths in the 150-year history of the 30,000-student Northern California campus.

The garage was in full use on Wednesday as vehicles entered and exited. Passing students could be heard pointing up at the lot and murmuring about the shooting.

Hannah Myles, 22, a junior who lives right across the street from the garage said Wednesday that she heard about 10 shots Tuesday night but thought they were firecrackers because kids play a lot around campus.

Myles said she left and when she returned three hours later, a swarm of squad cars blocked off her street. Investigators didn’t leave the area until around 4 a.m. Wednesday, she said.

About a block away, student Marc Gagnon said the killings were the talk across campus.

“It would be a relief to know what happened exactly,” said Gagnon, 27, an exchange student from Montreal.

The garage isn’t far from the International House where Gagnon lives. He said he saw as many as 20 squad cars outside the structure in the hours after the shootings.

Students and faculty who had signed up for an emergency notification system implemented after a troubled student at Virginia Tech massacred 33 people in 2007 received messages about the shooting within a half-hour of officers’ arrival, Harris said.

But some students said they didn’t hear about the shootings in a timely manner. Harris said at no point did authorities feel that the campus was in danger.

“This is an unprecedented situation for San Jose State,” Harris said. “The message we are trying to imply is this is a safe place and this is an isolated incident.”

Sophomore Sergio Price, 20, said he was still in shock after hearing the unsettling news while preparing for next week’s final exams.

“What timing, huh?” he said.

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Comments (10)
  1. SJSU student says:

    As a student of SJSU I can say that they probably only talked to a very small number of students. Most, though shocked by the news, are not nervous at all. If anything, students are more outraged at the amount of time it took to notify students when the incident occurred and how long it is taking for any necessary details to surface.

  2. Steve says:

    Those SJSU students are overthinking. The suspect is presumed dead and the police beleive this didn’t happen at random, so the threat is gone. Other students can’t be harmed by this suspect anymore.

    Students should be more concerned with their finals than recieving some information that is just extra knowledge at this point. The details of this incident doesn’t have anything to do with your stuff.

  3. steve says:

    F*ck off steve

  4. Melissa says:

    The shootings occurred on the 5th floor, just so you know.

  5. Lance says:

    The shooting was directed at a male and female who were seeing each other. The husband of the female followed them then killed them due to their relationship. Both the male and female were friends and had no criminal records, both were very nice and caring, neither deserved this.

    1. curious says:

      lance how do you know such intimate details if the police doesn’t even know?

  6. Mom says:

    @ Lance – From the information I have, the two students were both officers of an International fraternity, and graduating Seniors. It is likely they had a Tuesday night class together . Be very careful about extrapolating that into “seeing each other”
    They both had jobs waiting upon graduating – So tragic -what gives someone the right to do something like this?

  7. My 2 Cents says:

    I don’t think anyone has the right to place judgment on any of these people. In the best interest of the families involved, it would be best to keep gossip and speculation at rest. You seem to forget that this is a lose-lose situation, and that regardless of what happened and who did what, there are families out there who lost a loved one. I don’t understand why people make it their responsibility to investigate the business of others–especially in cases like this. I think it would be best to let SJPD & Univ. PD do their job and discover this information on their own. This is a sensitive situation for many people. It’s senseless and cruel to further discuss this as if you were personally involved.