A UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member has been killed in a shooting that shuts down the campus
A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill faculty member was killed Monday in a shooting that shut down the campus while officials searched for an “armed and dangerous individual,” university officials said.
One suspect was arrested about an hour and a half after the shooting at Caudill Labs, and a clear warrant was issued to the campus about two hours after that.
School officials said at a news conference Monday afternoon that no other injuries were reported.
“I am deeply saddened and saddened by today’s shooting in one of our campus buildings, which is where we conduct our important work of teaching, mentoring, and research every day,” University of North Carolina Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said in a letter to the university community. “This shooting damages the trust and safety that we so often take for granted on our campuses. We will work to rebuild that trust and security,” he added.
Classes on Tuesday are cancelled.
The faculty member’s identity has not been publicly disclosed, pending notification to the family.
Officials did not name the suspect because no formal charges have been filed yet.
University police did not provide details of the relationship between the victim and the shooter or indicate any kind of possible motive.
UNC Police Chief Brian James said the investigation, which has been joined by the FBI, will take several weeks.
“We definitely want to have the opportunity to interview the suspect,” he added. “Having the suspect actually taken into custody gives us an opportunity to find out why. And even how. It also helps us uncover the motive and…in fact why this happened today.
James said the gun was never found.
UNC students were first alerted to An armed and dangerous person on or near campus Shortly after one o’clock in the afternoon
At 2:24 p.m., the university issued a stay-at-home alert because the suspect was on the loose.
When campus police posted a photo of an unnamed person of interest at 2:35 p.m., they warned, “If you see this person, keep your distance, put your safety first and call 911.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said statement That officials are “taking precautions to protect the integrity of the campus following today’s shooting.”
“This is a tragic way to start a new semester and the state will provide any assistance necessary to support the UNC community,” Cooper said.
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