Opelika PD has school shooting suspect in custody

Thomas Franklin May III, 34
Thomas Franklin May III, 34

OPELIKA, AL (WBRC) - OPELIKA, ALA. (WBRC) - Opelika Police Department has arrested a man they believe is responsible for a shooting at Southern Union State Community College Wednesday afternoon, killing one and wounding three others.

Thomas Franklin May III, 34, was arrested after he walked to media and said "I'm the guy you are looking for." He was soon arrested without incident and now faces a capital murder charge and 2 counts of attempted murder.

In a press release, Opelika Police Department says a 63-year-old woman was killed in the shooting, which is believes to be domestic related.

Another 36-year-old woman who may be a student at SUSCC was shot in the arm. A third woman, 94, was shot in the neck and back and was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. One four-year-old child was injured by flying glass and is also being treated at a hospital.

A late model mini-van with shattered windows sat in the parking lot at SUSCC Wednesday afternoon outside the Higginbotham Academic Center, where it is believed the shooting took place, WTVM reports.

Teachers at Southern Union received a call from an automated system after the incident saying the school is on lockdown and classes had been canceled for the rest of the evening.

A spokeswoman for the school confirmed to WSFA in Montgomery that from what she has been told, the shooting took place outside while students were changing classes.

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