UNC-Chapel Hill: A faculty member is killed in a campus shooting and a suspect is in custody, the school says


A faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was fatally shot on campus Monday afternoon and a suspect is in custody, a school official said — a shooting that caused people to take shelter for hours while police conducted the investigation.

Shots were reportedly fired at the school’s Caudill Laboratories at 1:02 p.m. ET and a suspect was taken into custody just after 2:30 p.m., Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said.

The names of the faculty member and the suspect were not immediately released. It was too early to know a motive for the shooting, UNC Police Chief Brian James said on Monday evening.

“We really want to know why and what led up to this in this case,” James said.

The school had issued a warning to students around 1pm urging them to take shelter and later added that a suspect was at large. The university then issued aunderstoodr” in the late afternoon.

During the alarm period, university police advised students to go indoors immediately, close windows and doors, and wait until further notice, an email said. A witness on campus told CNN they were locked in their building and saw armed officers searching the campus.

Video by CNN affiliate WRAL in Chapel Hill showed a large number of police vehicles with flashing lights on campus. Sometimes people left the surrounding buildings in a single file, arms in the air.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., groups of students casually walked the sidewalk, as the video shows. Schools in the city of Chapel Hill-Carrboro have been given the all-clear by authorities, according to a 3:40 p.m. post on the county’s website.

This is the second week of the fall semester at the school. The university has a student body of approximately 32,000, as well as more than 4,000 faculty and 9,000 staff.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.


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