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Arizona State University police say a graduate student fatally shot himself in a professor’s office.

ASU police commander James Hardina says the shooting occurred about 11:40 a.m. Monday.

Police say the student was apparently talking with a professor when he pulled out a gun and shot himself once on ASU’s main campus in Tempe.

The name of the student has not been released.

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Update: A little more information, from the Arizona Republic:

… The student apparently walked into the professor’s office [in the Architecture building], pulled out a gun and shot himself without warning… The student apparently had battled depression for most of his life… He was a third-year grad student [in architecture] on track to graduate. He had been a student of the professor’s, but [a police spokesman] said he was unsure if he was currently in the professor’s class.

Most suicides go off and do it someplace solitary.

Some, like this one, seem to seek out someone they care about or hate or whatever and do it in front of them.

A friend of mine in college — her father called her mother on the phone from work one morning, said a few words to her (the two of them were estranged) and then, into the phone, so the mother could hear it loud and clear, shot himself to death.

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Another Update: Details, from ASU’s newspaper:

A male graduate student committed suicide in front of a professor at around 11:40 a.m. Monday in the College of Design South building on the Tempe campus.

David Solnick, a 59-year-old student in the graphic design program, was talking with Associate Professor Mookesh Patel inside Patel’s office when the student pulled out a handgun and shot himself, ASU Police spokesman Cmdr. Jim Hardina said.

Solnick died instantly, police said, and he never posed a … danger to anyone around him.

“At this point, we have the weapon, the student is deceased and there is no threat to the campus,” Hardina said about 20 minutes after the incident was reported.

Hardina said the department will not release details of the conversation between Solnick and Patel until the investigation is complete.

Patel was unavailable for comment.

Solnick was preparing to graduate in December, according to his personal blog. He also received his bachelor’s degree from ASU.

According to the blog, he had worked as a visual designer since the 1980s in the areas of ceramics, print and paint and was working on a series of pictures of two of his friends…

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2 Responses to “A Suicide.”

  1. Nora Says:

    http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/2009/10/26/20091026abrk-asusuicide.html

    This is the story in the Phoenix newspaper. Not a lot of details yet.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thanks, Nora. The timing here is eerie, since many news outlets over the last couple of days have featured reports on mental illnesses among students at American universities.

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