2 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at North Lake College, Lockdown Remains: Irving Police - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

2 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at North Lake College, Lockdown Remains: Irving Police

North Lake College will be closed until Monday; Irving police taking lead on investigation

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    Students return to North Lake College Thursday after Wednesday's murder-suicide at the school's Irving campus. (Published Thursday, May 4, 2017)

    What to Know

    • Two bodies found inside a building -- police believe the deaths are the result of a murder-suicide. No other injuries reported.

    • Students reported hearing between three and five gunshots.

    • All North Lake College campuses will remain closed for the rest of the week; people are urged to avoid the area during the investigation.

    A man took his own life Wednesday after shooting a woman multiple times in a hallway at North Lake Community College in Irving, sending the North Texas school into a lock down for more than an hour while police searched the campus for an active shooter.

    The active shooter alert, with confirmed shots fired, was reported on North Lake College's Irving campus at about 11:45 a.m. About an hour later, police confirmed the bodies of two people had been found in what investigators suspect is a murder-suicide.

    2 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at North Lake College2 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at North Lake College

    A man took his own life Wednesday after shooting a woman multiple times in a hallway at North Lake Community College in Irving, sending the school into a lock down for more than an hour while police searched the campus for an active shooter.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    On Wednesday night, Irving police identified the woman as 20-year-old Janeera Nickol Gonzalez. The suspected gunman has also been identified as 21-year-old Adrian Victor Torres.

    Irving police have also confirmed that Gonzalez was found inside the Performance Hall Building at a common study area. Investigators said Torres was found inside a locker room shower stall in Building F.

    North Lake College confirmed Wednesday night that Gonzalez was a current student at the sollege. School leaders confirmed that Torres is a former student.

    Active Shooter Reported at North Lake College (Aerial)Active Shooter Reported at North Lake College (Aerial)

     Students can be seen running from buildings at Irving's North Lake College campus May 3, 2017, after reports of an active shooter were received. Two bodies were later found in a building -- police believe the deaths are the result of a murder-suicide.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    Irving police said they were no longer looking for a shooter at the college just before 1 p.m. and that there appeared to be no continuing threat to students or faculty.

    Irving Police Give Update on North Lake College Shooting (Raw Video)Irving Police Give Update on North Lake College Shooting (Raw Video)

    Irving police spokesman Ofc. James McLellan and Commissioner Lauretta Hill, of the Dallas County Community College District Police Department, give an update on the apparent murder-suicide at North Lake College in Irving, May 3, 2017.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    DCCCD Gives Update on Apparent Murder-SuicideDCCCD Gives Update on Apparent Murder-Suicide

    Lauretta Hill, Commissioner, Dallas County Community College District Police Department, gives an update into an apparent murder-suicide at North Lake College in Irving, May 3, 2017.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    "North Lake students and employees followed lockdown procedures, and we are relieved that no one else was injured. We also offer our thanks to officers from the Irving Police Department, who partnered with North Lake College Police, to protect students and staff on campus," North Lake president Dr. Christa Slejko said.

    Irving police said they continued a secondary search of the campus as the investigation unfolds. North Lake students exited the campus as each building was cleared.

    College President Gives Update on ShootingCollege President Gives Update on Shooting

    Dr. Christa Slejko, president of North Lake College, gives an update after an apparent murder-suicide on campus, May 3, 2017.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    "This is an emotional time for the North Lake family. We're heartbroken that such a tragedy has occurred on campus. We will address any needs for counseling on campus as soon as we re-open," said Slejko.

    Slejko said there could have been between 4,000 and 5,000 people on campus at the time of the shooting.

    Active Shooter at North Lake College in IrvingActive Shooter at North Lake College in Irving

    School officials said all North Lake College campuses will be closed until Monday. Irving police, which is leading the investigation, asked people to stay away from the campus while the investigation continues. School leaders said anyone who needs to retrieve personal belongings can visit the Central Campus Library and get a police escort from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Shots Fired Inside Building C

    North Lake College police confirmed shots were fired at North Lake's Irving campus, at 5001 North MacArthur Boulevard, at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    Woman Witnesses Man Shoot Woman Three TimesWoman Witnesses Man Shoot Woman Three Times

    Nasrin Nanbakhsh, a tutor at North Lake College, says she saw a man shoot a woman three times in building C211.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    Nasrin Nanbakhsh, a tutor at North Lake College in the math learning center, said she walked out of her room in Building C into the hallway and saw a man shoot a woman multiple times.

    "I saw a guy standing and there was a girl sitting on the chair. It happened too quickly. I saw him shooting her three times," she said. "We've been trained how to handle these types of situations. I immediately ran back to the room I'm working in, locked the doors and asked all the students to go back to the back room and to turn off the lights and be quiet."

    North Lake College Student Describes School EvacuationNorth Lake College Student Describes School Evacuation

    A student inside C building at the North Lake College Irving campus describes the moments from when announcements came over the loud speaker to evacuating the building.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    North Lake College Shooting Witness Describes SceneNorth Lake College Shooting Witness Describes Scene

    A math tutor who witnessed the shooting at North Lake College says she is trained for active shooter situations and describes who she put that training to use.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    Dani, a student at the school, told NBC 5 over the telephone that she had just arrived at the school and was walking down the stairs near the art gallery when she heard three loud pops.

    "It sounded just like gunshots," Dani said. "We heard the first one and thought somebody dropped something ... but then it just kept going and everybody just started running."

    Student Says She Ran After Hearing 3 Loud PopsStudent Says She Ran After Hearing 3 Loud Pops

     Dani, a student at the school, told NBC 5 over the telephone that she had just arrived at the school and was walking down the stairs near the art gallery when she heard three loud pops.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    "The only thing that went through my mind was just to run," Dani said.

    Ro Olvera was barricaded in a classroom not far from the shooting and said her instructor said if anyone came through the door they would have to fight.

    "My instructor, the whole time, was like, 'If he comes in, he’ll have to get through me first. But if it comes to that, grab a chair, throw at him, do anything you can. Fight.' So I did feel safe with our instructor," Olvera recalled.

    Students Describe Scene at North Lake CampusStudents Describe Scene at North Lake Campus

    Students at North Lake College in Irving were instructed to clear the area as police searched for an active shooter on campus Wednesday.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    Dennis Holmes, who is part of the faculty at the college and a freelance photographer with NBC 5, was on campus when the active shooter was reported. Holmes told NBC 5 by telephone he was locked down in a professor's office and was told by school officials to barricade the doors.

    Faculty Barricaded in Professor's Office During Lock DownFaculty Barricaded in Professor's Office During Lock Down

     Dennis Holmes, who is part of the faculty at the college and a freelance photographer with NBC 5, was on campus when the active shooter was reported. Holmes told NBC 5 he has been locked down in a professor's office and was told by school officials to barricade the doors.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    Despite the lockdown, a large number of students were seen frantically running from multiple buildings toward parking lots.

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit stopped Orange Line service at the North Lake College Station until about an hour after the incident ended.

    Two nearby Irving Independent School District schools, MacArthur High School and Singley Academy, were also placed on lockout during the incident. That restriction has since been lifted.

    North Lake College Students Run to Safety as Poilce Search for Active ShooterNorth Lake College Students Run to Safety as Poilce Search for Active Shooter

    Students at North Lake College run to safety as police search for an active shooter on campus.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    Texas Concealed Carry Law

    Gun owners with a valid LTC, licensed to carry, permit were permitted to carry weapons on the campuses of four-year colleges and universities in Texas effective Aug. 1, 2016. The law goes into effect for all community colleges on Aug. 1, 2017.

    The law does not allow open carry, where the weapon is visible, or allow for the carrying of rifles and shotguns on campus.

    North Lake President, Police Commissioner on Campus SafetyNorth Lake President, Police Commissioner on Campus Safety

    Christa Slejko, North Lake College President, and Lauretta Hill, DCCCD Police Commissioner, discuss campus safety and security after Wednesday's murder-suicide.

    (Published Thursday, May 4, 2017)

    Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change. NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans, Don Peritz, Ashley Barry, Kris Gutierrez, Tim Ciesco and Eva Parks contributed to this report.

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