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The phone call shattered the early morning stillness when I learned one of our students had shot a housemate to death, severely injured another and then taken his own life on Feb. 12. The shooter fired a pistol, but a submachine gun, multiple rounds of ammunition and a machete were found near his body. Apparently, he bought the fatal weapon legally. Police later reported he had a history of mental illness — something we had not known, and that privacy regulations would have kept us from finding out. All this happened in a house off the campus.