Gunman Kills Fellow Librarian at Texas College

Gunman Kills Fellow Librarian at Texas College

A librarian at Northeast Lakeview College in Live Oak, Texas, was shot and killed at the library October 13 by an adjunct librarian at the school.

About 15 to 20 students were in the building when Alan Godin, 62, entered the library at about 2:15 p.m. shot Devin Zimmerman, 37, and then sat down and waited to be arrested, said Eric Reno, president of the college. Godin was later charged with murder and held on $250,000 bond.

The day after the shooting, police and college officials were seeking a motive. Dan Pew, acting chief of the Live Oak Police Department, said there had apparently been some previous dispute between the two about “work ethic,” the Houston Chronicle reported October 14. “It’s a tragedy nobody could have imagined,” Reno said in the October 14 San Antonio Express-News.

Reno said Godin had worked part-time at the library off and on since 2003, and Zimmerman had been there since fall 2007. Zimmerman, who also taught classes at the college, had previously worked as information literacy coordinator at Texas State University at San Marcos and reference librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Opened in 2007, Northeast Lakeview College is the newest of the Alamo Community Colleges’ five campuses. The current campus is transitional until the school moves into a new $125-million campus nearby. Reno said the library had security cameras but no metal detectors.

Classes were canceled after the shooting and on the following day, and grief counselors were made available for the campus community.

Posted on October 14, 2008. Discuss.