A faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill was killed when a gunman opened fire on the campus on Monday afternoon.
An hour and a half after the alleged suspect fired shots, a suspect was arrested, according to UNC Police Chief Brian James, who stated this at a press conference. Monday afternoon, students and faculty staff barricaded themselves in dorm rooms, offices, and cla*srooms for hours until officials lifted the lockdown.
The shooting occurred in Caudill Laboratories, which is currently being processed by crime scene investigators. The university first alerted students of an armed and dangerous individual on or near campus shortly after 1 p.m. At 2:24 p.m., the university issued an alert to remain sheltered in place because a suspect was at large.
When campus police released a photo of a person of interest at 2:35 p.m., they issued a warning, stating, “If you see this person, keep your distance, put your safety first and call 911.”
This photo shows a person of interest in today’s armed and dangerous person situation. If you see this person, keep your distance, put your safety first and call 911. pic.twitter.com/NHG5CTjby4
— UNC Police (@UNCPolice) August 28, 2023
The school announced at 3:14 p.m. that all cla*ses and events on Monday were canceled.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement that officials “are taking precautions to protect campus safety following today’s shooting.”
This is a tragic way to start a new semester and the state will provide any a*sistance necessary to support the UNC community, Cooper said.
Cla*ses have now been canceled Tuesday for students at UNC Chapel Hill.
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