Meet George M. Zinkhan III , Professor in the department of Marketing and Distribution at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He is being sought as a suspect in the shooting deaths of 3 people shortly after noon today, April 25, 2009. Three more people were injured. Read more and see photo below.

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Professor George Zinkhan

The University of Georgia issued a campus-wide alert stating professor George Zinkhan is a suspect in the shooting.

George M. Zinkhan was born February 17, 1952. He is 57 years old. He is married with 2 children, a 10 year od daughter and 8 year old son. It’s alleged his wife/ex-wife is one of the victims and a manhunt is underway.

George Zinkhan is a white man with a goatee or beard. Current information is that he was last seen wearing blue shorts, a polo shirt and a backpack. He was last thought to be in a red car and in possession of multiple weapons.

UPDATE: Sunday April 26th,2009
The murdered victims have been identified as Marie Bruce, 47, estranged wife of Zinkhan; Tom Tanner, 40; and Ben Teague, 63. All were members of Town & Gown Players, a local theater group that was staging a performance of “Sherlock Holmes:The Final Adventure”. A nationwide manhunt remains in effect for Zinkhan.


Saturday, May 09, 2009

George Martin Zinkhan III dug his own grave and covered himself with debris before firing a single bullet into his head, investigators said Saturday.
His body was found 1.3 miles from where his Jeep was discovered a week ago.

His educational background is as follows :

Ph.D. Marketing, The University of Michigan, 1981, Dissertation: “The Influence of Cognitive Complexity and Copy Structure on Advertising Effectiveness.”

M.B.A. Operations Research and Management Science, The University of Michigan, 1979 (with High Distinction).

B.A. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1974, English

From WSBTV 2

The shooting happened at about noon Saturday at a community theatre behind The Taylor-Grady House, a National Historic Landmark located in the 600 block of Prince Avenue. Channel 2 Action News crews were the first at the scene. WSB-TV photographer Erin Frederickson took pictures with her Blackberry as the story unfolded and talked with witnesses.

“I was leaving an Adult Literacy Council board meeting at Piedmont College across the street from where the shooting happened. As I was leaving the building, I heard gunshots and saw a lot of people running,” said Gary Moon.

From CNN :

“The University community is shocked and saddened at this tragic event,” University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams, said in a written statement. “Our first thoughts are for safety of the university community and for prompt apprehension of the person responsible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who have been affected.”

As are ours, at Right Pundits.

George Zirkhan ‘s UGA profile page is below. We will update as more information becomes available.

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