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The University of Iowa shooting took place in Iowa City, Iowa, United States on November 1, 1991. The gunman was a 28-year-old former graduate student at the University. He killed four members of the university's faculty and a student; he left another student seriously injured, before committing suicide.

On Friday, November 1, 1991, the gunman attended a meeting for the theoretical space plasma physics research group in a conference room on the third floor of Van Allen Hall. A few minutes after the meeting began, the gunman shot three attendees of the meeting with a .38-caliber revolver, then proceeded to the second floor to shoot the chairman of the department in his office.

After the shootings at Van Allen Hall, the gunman walked three blocks to Jessup Hall where he shot T. Anne Cleary, an associate vice president for Academic Affairs who was the grievance officer at the university, in her office. The gunman had filed several grievances about not being nominated for the Spriestersbach prize. Cleary was shot in the head and died the following day at the University of Iowa hospital. Miya Rodolfo-Sioson, a 23-year-old student temporary employee in the Office of Academic Affairs, was shot for unknown reasons. Rodolfo-Sioson survived but was left paralyzed from the neck down.

University President Hunter Rawlings III was another person on the gunman's hit list but was in Columbus, Ohio, for the Iowa/Ohio State football game. The gunman was found in room 203 of Jessup Hall with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He died shortly after police arrived.