CARROLTON, Ga. (AP) — A college professor in Georgia has been charged with killing an 18-year-old college student who was fatally shot while sitting in a car.
The Carrollton Police Department said in a news release that Richard Sigman, 47, is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of 18-year-old Anna Jones. Police said they believe Jones was killed when Sigman fired into a parked car following an argument with a man at a pizza place. The shooting happened shortly after midnight on Saturday.
Police say a man told security that Sigman had threatened to shoot him during an argument, and security then asked Sigman to leave. Investigators believe that when Sigman left, he walked into the parking lot and began shooting at a parked vehicle, hitting Jones. Friends drove Jones to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.
It’s not immediately clear if Sigman has an attorney to speak on his behalf.
The University of West Georgia told the media in a statement that Sigman’s job had been terminated. A current course catalog lists Sigman as a lecturer in business administration.
The university said Jones was a college student.
“On behalf of the university, we would like to send our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and her many friends. We know that this news is difficult to digest and affects many members of our university community. We ask that you keep Anna’s family, friends, and all those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts during this extremely difficult time,” said University of West Georgia President Dr. Brendan Kelly, in the press release.