A longtime employee of Pennsylvania State University’s Beaver campus was shot and killed by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide on Wednesday afternoon that was apparently fueled by “domestic issues,” PEOPLE confirms.
Lesli Kelly was fatally shot by former spouse William Kelly in a parking lot at the Monaca, Pennsylvania, school outside of the food services building, university spokeswoman April Johnston tells PEOPLE.
William then turned the gun on himself, Johnston says. Lesli, a chef, had worked at Penn State Beaver for 26 years.
When she was shot, Lesli, 49, was meeting the 52-year-old William to pick up Christmas gifts for their children, Johnston says. The two had been in the middle of a bitter custody battle and Lesli recently went to campus police to report that her ex had been harassing her via text and phone calls.
Leading up to the incident, the couple had been having “domestic issues,” including arguments over child support and custody, Johnston tells PEOPLE.
The couple had three children together, she says: two who are minors and one who is an adult.
“[William] arrived here to meet her [Lesli] to deliver a package to her, and he parked across the parking lot and walked across and then shot and killed her,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Eric Hermick said, according to the Beaver County Times. (PEOPLE’s messages with the state police were not immediately returned.)
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Emergency responders were first notified about the shooting at 3:41 p.m., according to Beaver County Emergency Services. No students were harmed, according to a school statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Investigators were initially concerned other family members had been harmed after finding blood on financial documents in William’s vehicle, Johnston says. However, the couple’s children were found safe with relatives.
William fired multiple times at Lesli, Johnston says.
Finals, scheduled for Thursday, have been postponed to Friday, according to Penn State Beaver officials.
“There was a tragic act of violence at Penn State Beaver this afternoon which did not involve students,” Penn State Beaver Chancellor Jenifer Cushman wrote in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “Our thoughts are with all who have been affected.”