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Gonzaga Student expelled after discovery of guns, ammo

Weapons secured from off-campus location Weapons secured from off-campus location

SPOKANE, Wash. - A freshman at Gonzaga has been expelled from the university after rifles, ammunition and stolen property were discovered inside his dorm room. The Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) received a telephone call from Gonzaga Security about a Molotov cocktail that had been found by a custodian in the parking lot of Catherine-Monica Hall on campus. The device had been secured by GU and taken as evidence.




*Molotov cocktail: a crude bomb made of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid (as gasoline) and usually fitted with a wick (as a saturated rag) that is ignited just before the bottle is hurled

The subsequent investigation and a tip led to the discovery of similar prohibitive items inside the dorm room of Timothy D. Parker, 18-year-old former GU Student. Throughout the stages of the investigation, the SIU officers secured several items as evidence including stolen firearms and ammunition from an off-campus location.

From what the investigators have determined thus far, it appears that at no time were other students and/or staff in danger from the situation.

Officials say this has been a very dynamic case and is ongoing. The SPD, SFD and Gonzaga Security Staff are working together to complete the investigation. Parker has not yet been charged.

Letter to Gonzaga Campus Community Members

Dear Campus Community Members,

You may be seeing media coverage or hearing about a recent incident at Gonzaga.  The University is working cooperatively with Spokane Fire department investigators in an investigation of a student that culminated on Tuesday afternoon.  Prohibited items were removed from the student's residence hall room by investigators. 

The safety of our students and campus community members is paramount to the University so when information on this incident was received and developed the University acted quickly to deal with the situation.  The student involved is no longer at the University.  Any other information about the investigation will come from the law enforcement agencies involved.

Sue Weitz, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life

Gonzaga University

 

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