Melissa Ludwig and David Saleh Rauf - Express-News
Alan Godin, a 62-year-old librarian, walked in about 2:15 p.m. and shot Devin Zimmerman, a 37-year-old instructor and librarian, said Eric Reno, president of the school, at 8300 Pat Booker Road on the Northeast Side. The shooter then sat down and waited to be arrested.
Godin was later charged with murder and held on $250,000 bond.
“I wish we had an explanation for why this happened,” Reno said. “It's a tragedy nobody could have imagined.”
Reno said he knew both men, and that the shooter showed no signs of instability. The gunman had worked part time at the library off and on since 2003, and Zimmerman had worked there since fall 2007, Reno said.
“I don't know how anyone could predict something like this happening,” Reno said. “This is not something you can plan for or prevent. I would hate to think that's what we've come to — have metal detectors and become mini-airports.”
Swansen said everyone started “freaking out and screaming,” and he flew out the back door.
“It was pretty frightening,” Adair said. “Everybody was just trying to get out of the building before they got shot.”
According to a spring 2008 newsletter from the Texas Library Association, Zimmerman had been awarded an Amigos Fellowship and planned to spend the next two years researching ways librarians could better accommodate students with disabilities.
Swansen, one of the students in the library, said his flight instinct kicked in when he heard shots.
“It could have happened anywhere,” he said. “It could have been a Whataburger, it could have been an H-E-B. If someone has a beef against someone and they are hell-bent on killing them, they are going to do it.”