Georgia college professor accused of fatally shooting students
An 18-year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by a professor at the University of Georgia where she was planning to attend in the fall, according to police and local reports.
Richard Sigman, 47, was arrested and charged with murder, possession of a firearm and aggravated assault in Saturday’s death of Anna Jones, a recent high school grad who was a freshman enrolled at the University of West Georgia.
Carrollton Police said a man alerted security at Leopoldo’s, a local pizza joint, that Sigman threatened to shoot him after the two got into an argument around midnight.
When security guards approached the professor, they saw that he had a gun and, according to police, asked him to leave.
Sigman left and went to a parking deck, where he allegedly began shooting into a parked vehicle that Jones was in, authorities said.
The young woman was beaten and her friends rushed her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The University of West Georgia said Sigman was fired after charges were brought against him. A spokesman for the university told 11 Alive News that Jones was enrolled as a prospective freshman at the school.
“The University of West Georgia has learned of the loss of one of its students, Anna Jones, who passed away today following an off-campus incident,” school president Brendan Kelly said in a statement, according to CBS 46. “UWG has terminated the employment of Richard Sigman and continues to work with the City of Carrollton Police Department who are leading this ongoing investigation.”
Kelly added, “On behalf of the university, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and many friends.”
Jones was a 2022 graduate of Mount Zion High School.
“Anna loved this school and this community and she will be greatly missed by many,” the school wrote in a Facebook post. “Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.”
A friend told CBS 46 Jones is a “beautiful, sweet, caring girl.”
“I will miss her forever,” said friend Ethan Lepard. “There are so many good qualities, no one could list them all.”