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Suspect identified in university shootings

The suspect is wheeled on a stretcher late Friday into Huron Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
The suspect is wheeled on a stretcher late Friday into Huron Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) -- Cleveland, Ohio, police said Saturday that the suspected gunman in a seven-hour shooting rampage at Case Western Reserve University late Friday was a former student who recently lost a lawsuit against a university employee.

One man was killed and 10 people were wounded in the attack on the Cleveland campus.

Biswanath Halder, 62, of Cleveland was being treaded Saturday at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a bruised abdomen, said Sgt. Donna Bell, a Cleveland police spokeswoman.

Halder had filed a lawsuit against a university employee and lost his last appeal about two weeks ago, Bell said.

More than 70 people were trapped inside the Peter B. Lewis Building for nearly seven hours as Halder allegedly played a "cat and mouse" game with police, darting in and out of rooms and firing two 9 mm semiautomatic pistols, authorities said. A SWAT team finally took the suspect into custody about 11 p.m.

The Cuyahoga County Corner's Office identified the lone fatality as Norman Wallace, 30, from Youngstown, who was pursuing a master's degree at Case Western.

Students, faculty and staff were offered counseling Saturday afternoon in the wake of what University President Edward Hundert called a "terrible tragedy."

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Police surrounded the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families and friends," Hundert said in an open letter to the university community. "While we may never know exactly what precipitated [Friday's] events, we will learn much more in the days and weeks ahead."

The Lewis Building, which houses the Weatherhead School of Management, will be closed indefinitely, the university announced Saturday.

Completed last year, the $62 million building is unusual architecturally, with curved brick walls folding into a radical stainless-steel roof. Renowned architect Frank Gehry designed it.


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