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Five Shot, One Dead and Two Others Injured in Brooklyn; Man Charged

August 13, 1986 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ A trade school work-study student angered over money went on a shooting rampage, killing his boss and wounding four other people in a half-hour of terror, police said.

Authorities said Van Anthony Hull, a 29-year-old civil technology student at New York Technical College in Brooklyn, kept police and rescue workers at bay for 30 minutes Tuesday while his victims lay bleeding.

When finally captured, he was carrying an empty .38-caliber handgun and a 9mm automatic when he was arrested, police said.

Hull was charged early today with four counts each of attempted murder and first-degree assault and two counts each of felony and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon, said Sgt. John Venetucci, a police spokesman.

A murder charge remained under investigation, Venetucci said.

The conditions of the four others shot and one person injured in the affray ranged from guarded to critical early today.

In a news conference Tuesday night, police Capt. Michael Julian said the episode stemmed from a dispute with the school concerning finances. Hull apparently thought he was due a $700 check, Julian said.

The gunman first shot a man in the head in the Ophthalmology Department in the college’s Allied Health Building where Hull had been employed, Julian said.

The victim, Scott Riesenberg, 31, a laboratory technician and Hull’s supervisor, was shot once in the eye and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Hull was a student in the college’s work-study program and was taking a second degree in civil technology, the college said in a statement.

Julian said Riesenberg had approval authority over Hull’s checks and Hull ″felt he wasn’t getting money he believed was due him.″

Police said that after shooting Riesenberg, the gunman ran to other buildings and shot the four other people.

Two of the shootings occurred in the financial aid office, where Hull demanded an interview with director Lamont Pittman, Julian said.

During the interview, Hull shot Pittman and then turned his gun on a female office worker and a female student, shooting them both, Julian said. Another woman was injured when one of the wounded women fell on her.

The campus is part of the City University of New York. CUNY Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson said about 11,000 students attend the school.


Hull, who is single, had been at the college for about five years, according to college records. He had taken a degree in construction technology and was a student in good standing in the civil technology department.

″Other than that, we don’t know very much about him,″ said Hershenson.

Five people were taken to Long Island College Hospital, said Tom Dugan, associate director of public relations.

He identified them as:

Pittman, 43, in guarded condition with neck injuries; security guard Betty Holden, 48, in stable condition; security guard Reginald Harper, 58, treated and released for a fractured wrist; Elaine Harper, 41, an office worker, in serious condition with a head injury; and Elena Vasquez, a student in her 30s, with chest wounds, in critical condition after four hours of surgery.

Another victim, identified as Trisha Bailey, 20, a student and employee at the college, received a superficial wound, not caused by a bullet, to the left forehead, and suffered trauma after one wounded woman in the financial aid office fell on her. She was released Tuesday night from Brooklyn Hospital.