The Town and Gown theater group was gathered here last Saturday for a reunion picnic, reports CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers. Dozens of people were milling about when George Zinkhan showed up. Witnesses say he got into a heated argument with his wife, then took the couple's kids back to his car. He returned a short time later carrying two handguns and opened fire.
"He shot three people," a man said on the 911 call. "Two gunshots to one man, um, it looks like one to the chest of another, and I think one to the chest."
Witnesses say 57-year-old Zinkhan first targeted Clemson University professor Tom Tanner, whom Zinkhan believed to be having an affair with his wife, Marie Bruce. He took aim at her next. Then he reportedly shot 63-year-old Ben Teague, the small theatre group's father figure, who some say died trying to save the others.
Zinkhan dropped off their two young children with neighbors and fled.
Theatre veteran Steve Wildey knew all three victims.
"I think he planned to do it," Wildey said. "I don't think he felt comfortable around the theatre group."
Some of his students here at the University of Georgia describe Zinkhan as a bit aloof, one colleague says he seemed more comfortable writing verse than conversing, including this ominous poem published on line:
We live in a dangerous age
Where everything is out in the open
Free on the Internet
The wildest ones among us
Zinkhan was last seen driving a 2005 red Jeep Liberty with the Georgia license plate AIX1376.