On the morning of Tuesday, September 17, 1996, Jillian Robbins, a 19-year-old native of State College, Pennsylvania, armed with a 7 mm Mauser rifle, hid herself in a large group of bushes outside Penn State's Hetzel Union Building (HUB). Shooting in the prone position, Robbins fired 5 shots at passers-by. Twenty-one-year-old journalism student Melanie Spalla was killed, and 20-year-old Nicholas Mensah was wounded in the abdomen.
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