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Investigation Reveals Dyersburg Gunman's Bullets Wounded Hostages, Not Police's

September 30, 2003 - Posted at: 7:49 a.m. CDT

DYERSBURG, Tenn.  -- The bullets that wounded two hostages at Dyersburg State Community College were fired by the hostage taker, not by police.

That's according to John Mehr of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  Mehr said Monday that the bullets came from Harold Kilpatrick, Jr.'s pistol.

Kilpatrick held at least 13 people hostage in a classroom on September 17.

The stand-off ended when a SWAT team stormed the classroom.  Kilpatrick was killed, and two students were wounded by gunfire.

Authorities have been investigating whether the wounded hostages were shot by Kilpatrick or hit by police bullets.

Mehr says the students were targeted - not hit by stray gunfire.  They were on the floor when they were shot.

The TBI investigation continues as authorities interview more witnesses.  Mehr says the evidence will be presented to a grand jury in December.

The police officers involved in the incident are back on duty.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.

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