George Zinkhan a Univesity of Georgia Professor is on the run after shooting his ex-wife and two other people outside a local theatre on Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2009 in Athens, Georgia
Airports are on alert as Zinkhan has a house in Amsterdam and the fears are he will try and escape abroad by airplane, from an International Airport in USA
University of Georgia
George M. Zinkhan is the Coca-Cola Company Professor of Marketing at the University of Georgia. Since receiving an M.B.A. in Operations Research (1979) and Ph.D. (1981) from the University of Michigan, he has published more than 150 articles in the areas of advertising, promotion, and electronic commerce. Besides teaching at the University of Michigan, he has also been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Houston, where he was the Conn Appliances Professor Marketing. In the 1990s, Professor Zinkhan completed a four-year term as editor of the Journal of Advertising and a three-year term as book review editor for the Journal of Marketing. In 2006, he completed a three-year term as Editor for the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. His two most recent co-authored books are: Electronic Commerce: A Strategic Perspective (2000, Dryden Press) and Consumers (2004, McGraw-Hill / Irwin). The American Academy of Advertising honored him in 2004 with its “Outstanding Contribution to Research Award.”
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Three are dead, including the ex-wife of University of Georgia professor George Zinkhan.
April 26, 2009
Athens, Ga. -- Authorities were on a nationwide manhunt Saturday for a University of Georgia professor in the shooting deaths of three people, including his ex-wife, at a community theater near campus.
Athens-Clarke County Police Capt. Clarence Holeman said authorities were searching for a suspect, 57-year-old George Zinkhan, who has been a marketing professor at the university in Athens since the 1990s, and lived about seven miles from campus.
Killed were Zinkhan's ex-wife, Marie Bruce, 47, Tom Tanner, 40, and Ben Teague, 63, Holeman said. All three were involved with a theater group in Athens, about 70 miles east of Atlanta.
The shooting happened outside the Athens Community Theater during a midday gathering of Town & Gown Players Inc. Holeman said Zinkhan left his two young children in the car when he opened fire on the group.
A neighbor of Zinkhan's in nearby Bogart said the professor later dropped off the children with him and left after saying there was an emergency. The children were with police.
Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson said the three victims were shot multiple times.
Two other people were injured by shrapnel; their conditions were not immediately known.
University spokesman Pete Konenkamp said that Zinkhan was a professor in the Terry College of Business and had no disciplinary problems. "He's a respected professor on campus," Konenkamp said.
Authorities issued a nationwide alert for Zinkhan and his 2005 red Jeep Liberty.
Zinkhan also has a house in Amsterdam, and authorities were keeping a lookout at airports. Also, police in Austin, Texas, have been alerted because Zinkhan has family there.