CARROLLTON COUNTY, GA– An 18-year-old college student is dead after a professor from her college opened fire on her as she sat in a car.
The incident occurred early Saturday in the parking lot of a courthouse.
Authorities say earlier in the night, the Professor Richard Sigman of University of West Georgia, got into an argument with man outside Leopoldo’s Pizza Napoletana restaurant.
During the argument, the man says Sigman allegedly threatened to kill him.
As the argument continued to escalate, Sigman was approached by a security team who asked him to leave.
The professor began walking toward a parking area at a nearby county courthouse and suddently started shooting into a parked car.
18-year-old Anna Jones, a University of West Georgia student, was said to have been sitting inside that car.
Jones was rushed to Tanner Medical Center where she died from her injuries.
Sigman is facing several charges including one count for murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
It is unclear if Sigman and Jones knew each other.
The University says they have fired Sigman and are working with police:
“The University of West Georgia has learned of the loss of one of its students, Anna Jones, who passed away following an off-campus incident earlier today,” university President Dr. Brendan Kelly wrote in the statement. “UWG has terminated the employment of Richard Sigman and continues to work with the city of Carrollton Police Department, which leads this ongoing investigation.”